BTN analyst insists Michigan football has a ‘championship caliber team — again’

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For a team that went to the College Football Playoff last year after winning the Big Ten, you will not hear many pick the Michigan Wolverines to repeat in 2022.

No, that honor has gone to the Ohio State Buckeyes, who are ranked No. 2 in the nation by both the AP Top 25 and the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll. OSU also cleaned up in the annual Cleveland.com media poll, with the Buckeyes getting picked unanimously to win the conference.

But one prominent college football analyst who covers the Big Ten says ‘not so fast!’ (And, no, it wasn’t Lee Corso.)

The Big Ten Network made its way to Ann Arbor on Wednesday as part of its annual fall camp tour around the conference. With the whole gang in tow — Joshua Perry, Dave Revsine, Howard Griffith and Gerry DiNardo — the latter had some salient thoughts about the state of the team after having watched Michigan football practice.

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What’s more, DiNardo insists the days of Ohio State running roughshod over the Wolverines are over. For now, despite the perceived talent gap in Columbus, he thinks this will be a much more even matchup, as it was between Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes.

Keeping in mind that DiNardo has seen Ohio State practice, albeit a week ago. Though there’s a lot of faith that the Buckeyes will dominate defensively with new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles leading the charge, when DiNardo saw them in action, he said it may take awhile for that to happen.

Of course, Ohio State will have time to configure, considering The Game doesn’t take place until the last Saturday in November.

For now, fans can eagerly anticipate the other 11 games, with the 2022 season kicking off on Sept. 3 at The Big House as Michigan football hosts Colorado State.

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Story originally appeared on Wolverines Wire