CHICAGO – In year one under coach Jim Harbaugh, Michigan ended its seasonwith a bang, defeating Florida 41-7 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on New Years Day, which has led to a lot of talk abuot championships coming back to Ann Arbor in year two.
At Big Ten Media Days on Monday, championship talk came full circle, as U-M’s All American Jourdan Lewis was asked if his Wolverines were ready to take their game from a 10-3 program to a Big Ten contender or possibly more.
“We can contend for one, of course we have the talent,” Lewis said. “We have the young guys come in and help us out. We have the coaching staff. We have everything in place to be ne of those programs to say that we can contend for a Big Ten championship.”
And with Lewis and Jake Butt both coming back for their senior seasons at U-M, forgoing opportunities to play in the NFL, is this season championship or bust?
“Yeah, honestly, we were disappointed we didn’t get a chance to be a Big Ten contender, championship contender or a national championship contender,” Lewis said. “I guess that’s really every teams goal. It’s not just ‘let’s win these games, these special games’ or anything like that, five wins, six wins, they all want to win the national championship or their conference championship.
“I think that’s one of our goals.”
Lewis goal begins when Michigan opens its season with Hawaii on Sept. 3.