Found July 29, 2013 on Maize & Blue Nation:
If you want to be elite, you have to beat the teams you're not supposed to beat. You have to win the games on the road against better opponents in hostile environments. The 2012 season saw plenty of those, and Michigan lost every one of them. To prove the widely-held claim after the 2011 season that Michigan was "back", they needed to do the things great Michigan teams have done in the past. You have to at least compete with Alabama. You have to beat Notre Dame and ruin their season like we always do. You have to win your division and  make it to the Big Ten championship. And most of all, you have to beat Ohio State. The 2012 season was rough. It was a daunting schedule. It was a harsh look in the mirror for a program that thought it had suddenly emerged from the shadow of Rich Rod. The successes of 2011 washed away a lot of the frustrations of the 3 years prior. But it did not result in a championship...a prerequisite for any kind of...
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