The Michigan Wolverines have reclaimed their confidence, something Alabama did shortly after Nick Saban landed in Tuscaloosa and started winning national titles.
The eighth-ranked Wolverines have already earned some preseason acclaim going into Saturday night's opening showdown with the similarly pedigreed and second-ranked Crimson Tide at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Beating a team that has won two of the last three national championships from a league that has captured six in a row would be an especially huge statement for Denard Robinson & Co.
''They're just trying to show the world that they can play,'' Alabama safety Robert Lester said. ''The SEC is such a dominant conference, and I guess just to get any credibility points, you have to go and beat a credible SEC team. They're just trying to prove themselves.''
Saban and the Tide have some things to prove, too, even as nearly two-touchdown favorites.
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