Commentary

Michigan's Hart confident 0-2 Wolverines will rebound

Updated: September 13, 2007, 9:47 AM ET
By Bruce Hooley | Special to ESPN.com
The Wolverines have been inconsistent on offense, uneven on special teams and dreadful on defense, but they don't lack for confident leadership. Tailback Mike Hart could be regretting his decision to come back for his senior season, but instead he's bullish on the possibilities for a turnaround. "I'm glad to be here," Hart said. "This is my team, and I want to lead this team to victory. At the end of the year, when everybody says, 'Wow, this team turned it around; I didn't think they could do it,' that's going to be my team. Just like it's my team now, when we're 0-2."

As for his guarantee that Michigan will win Saturday against Notre Dame (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET), Hart is unapologetic. "I mean what I say," he said. "It came out … because I feel like we're being doubted. I feel it's something we need. So, hey, we're going to get after it. I think it's something we need as a team and leadershipwise. I have that much confidence in this team. We're not playing Michigan ball right now, and that's why I say something like that."

• The 39-7 loss to Oregon was Michigan's worst at home since a 34-0 win by Michigan State in 1967. Oregon's 624 yards of total offense were the second-most allowed in school history.