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The offseason is long and boring and devoid of interest. Occasionally printed material about college football will fall into your hands, only for you to flip to a two-page section on your favorite thing in the world. You feel so unsatisfied.
AND THEN BANG! 128 PAGES OF CONTENT WOO
THE TEAM THE TEAM THE TEAM
MGoBlog's Brian Cook fills a third of these pages with a detailed rundown of next year's team from quarterback to second-string fullback. Will the defense reload? (Parts of it, surely.) Is Brandon Peters a threat to take the QB job? (Maybe but probably not.) Can Quinn Nordin kick a ball into orbit? (SPROING!)
THE ENEMY THE ENEMY THE ENEMY
Ace Anbender previews the vile hobos who will oppose Michigan this fall. Will Florida have an offense? (Probably not!) Why schedule Air Force? (Nobody knows!) Will Michigan State be able to field a starting lineup by September? (Probably not!) And so forth and so on.
TWISTED BLUE STEEL
Adam Schnepp profiles Maurice Hurst, who will put you in his belly sooner or later. Probably sooner. Michael Elkon compares this year's Michigan roster to other teams who were very good but have to reload en masse, including last year's OSU team. Alex Cook on the Big Ten's perpetually misaligned divisions.
Ian Boyd breaks down the Harbaugh passing game and how Wilton Speight (probably) will grow into it in his second year. Seth Fisher explores Don Brown's hybrid-hybrid-hybrid defense and how he solves problems. (With aggression.)
TALES OF OLD BLUE
We have some doozies for you this year: Steve Sapardanis on "TOUCHDOWN BILLY TAYLOR," Greg Dooley on "Tall" Paul Goebel, the original #1, Adam Schnepp interviewed the '97 team about The Game, and Craig Ross on the bizarre early years of college football, when you could play four games against the top five in a week and then have to argue with the local paper over the final score.