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Why Kirk Herbstreit Thinks Michigan Is A Year Away From Title Contention

Kirk Herbstreit is high on Michigan this season. Not national championship-level high, though.

The ESPN college football analyst explained during a conference call today why he thinks the Wolverines are a year away from championship contention.

From the Detroit News:

“I personally think they’re about a year away,” Herbstreit said. “With that being said, it’s pretty obvious they’re going to be 7-0 getting ready for the big rival game against Michigan State in East Lansing. They’ve got to go to Iowa and they’ve got to go to Ohio State.

“If those three games are in Ann Arbor, I might be saying something a little bit different. I just have a hard time imagining them going on the road in those three games and be able to win all three of those. Even two of them would be tough to do. I think they’re about a year away from being the team that everybody’s kind of excited for them to be.

“I still think they’re going to be one of the top 10 teams in the country.”

Michigan opens its season on Sept. 3 against Hawaii.