If the personality of a coach can will his team to national title contender, Jim Harbaugh is the coach and Michigan the team. The Wolverines went from 5-7 in Brady Hoke's final season, to 10-3 in Harbaugh's first year in 2015. This year they open the season ranked seventh in the nation according to the Associated Press.First, with Jim Harbaugh, it's not all about will. There has been a lot of good coaching involved in this process as well. While many have accused Harbaugh of overdoing it with his antics, others say all the hoopla surrounding the coach draws more attention to the team.

Time will tell if the Harbaugh persona is the long-term answer for Michigan.

For now though, there is no doubt he is off to a great start.Here is a look at the 2016 regular season:

Sept. 3 - Hawaii -Sorry, Rainbow Warrior fans, these guys are out of your league.Prediction: Michigan 49 - Hawaii 7

Sept. 10 - UCF -Ditto. In 2013, The Knights came within a three point loss to #12 South Carolina of finishing the year 13-0. Oh, how the mighty have fallen!Prediction: Michigan 41 - UCF 10

Sept. 17 - Colorado -The Buffs finished 4-9 last year and haven't had a winning season the past 10 years. They are however, better than the first two Michigan opponents.Prediction: Michigan 34 - Colorado 20

Sept. 24 - Penn State -Head Coach James Franklin seems to be getting the talent back up to par in Happy Valley.

He also has recruited to his system the past three years. These guys are getting better but probably are not quite there yet.Prediction: Michigan 24 - Penn State 17

Oct. 1 - Wisconsin -LSU lured a very good defensive coordinator in Dave Aranda away from Wisconsin this off season. However, the replacement, Justin Wilcox is good at what he does as well.

Careful here, this is a pretty good team with an excellent defense.Prediction: Michigan 17 - Wisconsin 14

Oct. 8 - at Rutgers -The Scarlet Knights have an experienced--returns 16 starters--team and a new head coach in Chris Ash. There's a good chance they will be a bit better than 2015 -Prediction: Michigan 38 - Rutgers 24


22 - Illinois -New coach Lovie Smith has a lot to do to get his Fighting Illini back to a post-season spot in 2016. He does have an experienced quarterback in senior, Wes Lunt. There is also so experience returning on the lines. But, new coach, new system. This team needs a couple of recruiting classes to compete with the big boys.Prediction: Michigan 28 - Illinois - 13

Oct. 29 - Michigan State -The amazing finish to the 2015 game in Ann Arbor should add to both teams excitement. Neither team was able to run the Football well last year. Expect the Spartans to have just enough to continue their streak here. Prediction: Spartans 20 - Michigan 17

Nov. 5 - Maryland -Expect improvement from last season's dismal 3-9 record.

Still, new coach D.J. Durkin needs a couple of recruiting classes to get the Terrapins up to big boy level.Prediction: Michigan 27 - Maryland 13

Nov. 12 - at Iowa- The Hawkeyes 12 - 0 season in 2015 led to a great Big Ten Championship Game with Michigan State, which Iowa lost 16-13. Quarterback C.J. Beathard, along with 12 other starters return this year. Iowa is looking to take that next step and will be a tough out for any opponent this year. Prediction: Iowa 24 - Michigan 20

Nov. 19 - Indiana -The Hoosiers had Michigan on the ropes last year before falling in double overtime. Indiana will be improved and will likely go bowling in 2016. Still, don't look for a repeat.Prediction: Michigan 28 - Indiana 17


26 - at Ohio State -The Buckeyes only have six returning starters from the team that beat Michigan 42-13 in Ann Arbor. The bad news, the new guys are all as talented as the ones they replace. The Buckeyes will not man-handle Michigan this year but they will win. Prediction: Ohio State 30 - Michigan 23

A 9-3 regular season may not be what most Michigan fans expect this year. But it is just a play here and there from being 11-1 or even 12-0.

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