Something that needs to be said, or maybe it doesn't, but I'll say it anyway: Hart hasn't been 100% since he suffered the deep thigh-bruise early in the App State game. If he does his thing in that game, we never would have lost.
Game two, Hart is injured, and then Henne gets injured, while the impressive, talented Ducks waddle and quack roughshod over us. The season is in free-fall.
Games 3-10, Michigan recovers poise and wins 8 straight, despite missing either Hart or Henne for significant stretches in every game, and sometimes both of our best offensive players. It was a very good run, given the circumstances.
Wisconsin, neither of our stars play, we get beat up early, but still make a game of it, pulling to within two points in the fourth. Mallett proves he isn't ready for prime-time, once more, and we lose to a very geeked-up, very competent Wisconsin team. That's life in the Big Ten.
So, here we are, with a shot at the Big Ten championship, and the Rose Bowl. Personally, I couldn't ask for anything more, besides a healthy offense, and that doesn't appear to be in the cards this year.
One thing I do know, is that Hart will play on that sprained-ankle until it won't bear his weight anymore, and that Henne will try to throw with that separated-shoulder. If one or both can't go, or can't go for long, I hope their understudies choose this game to step up and create new legends, but that's asking a lot.
I still think Michigan is going to pull this game out, though. Maybe that's my unquenchable optimism, or the dumb fan in me, or both. It's going to be a battle, with ups and downs, but here's my prediction:
UM 28, OSU 24
Oh, and then we lose the Rose Bowl, but who gives a crap?