Michigan appears hungry, prepared

NEW ORLEANS -- Michigan has been waiting all season for this.

While the Wolverines did not reach coach Brady Hoke's stated goal of winning the Big Ten championship, the Wolverines did a lot of positive things in Hoke's first season.

They won 10 games. They revitalized a defense that had been in shambles the two seasons prior. They also turned the momentum of a program that was heading toward mediocrity.