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Michigan football a complete mystery heading into unusual season

We’ve never known less about Michigan to kick off a new season

The Michigan Wolverines football team takes the field before a college football game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Ann Arbor, MI.
The Michigan Wolverines football team takes the field before a college football game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Ann Arbor, MI. (2019 Getty Images)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – What in the world is Michigan football going to look like next month?

Forget the fact that the season was canceled, then reinstated, and will now start almost two months later than usual. Or that the normal schedule was replaced, then nixed, and will now be shortened for a second time. Or that we still have to make it five weeks in this strange pandemic-consumed world before even kicking off the first game.

What does Michigan football look like without 100,000 fans in the Big House, or the Ohio State game on Thanksgiving weekend?

But even beyond all the things that have made college football such an unusual topic this year, we really don’t know much about the actual Michigan football team.

Can Joe Milton be QB1?

Let’s start at the very top. Everyone knew Michigan would have a new starting quarterback whenever it next took the field. Dylan McCaffrey was the presumed favorite at the end of last season, but considering he’s now looking to transfer, it seems Joe Milton won the job pretty convincingly.

Milton has elite arm strength and demonstrated some mobility in his appearances last seasons. But whether or not he has the tools to be great is only half the story.

Joe Milton warms up before Michigan's game against Western Michigan at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 8, 2018, in Ann Arbor. (Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

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