Brandon looks forward to 2012 opener

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Michigan football team is coming off an 11-2 season, its first BCS bowl win in over a decade, and the first year with a coach who is attempting to restore the Wolverines' program to its previous luster.

WolverineNation sat down with Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon for a wide-ranging half-hour interview that covered multiple topics. One of those, obviously, was football, football scheduling and the future of conferences.

WolverineNation: When you put the Alabama game together, you knew you could be playing the defending national champion in the season opener in 2012. Does that being the case change the dynamic of the game? Does it add something to it from your perspective?