Is Alabama the biggest game of Denard Robinson's career? One CBS writer says it is
But, at least according to one writer, none of those games matter now.
CBSsports.com's Dennis Dodd says Michigan's tilt with the defending national champions is without question "the biggest game of (Robinson's) career," and it will define his legacy as a Wolverine quarterback.
"Alabama is how we will remember him," Dodd wrote. "It will be his legacy, part of Michigan's history whether the Wolverines win the Rose Bowl or finish third in the Legends Division. Winning a Sugar Bowl over a Virginia Tech that had doubtful BCS credentials isn't good enough.
"In slightly over a week, arguably the Big Ten's best player will make history -- probably. One way or another."
Dodd goes on to explain how a win over Alabama may answer the ongoing question if Michigan "is back" or not. Additionally, he says a victory over the Crimson Tide -- in just one game -- will restore the luster of Michigan and Big Ten football combined, writing how the national perception of both will be "on the line" in Texas.
"Michigan can say it is back, but general credibility will be lacking," Dodd writes, "unless it beats Alabama."
The questions now are obvious. Will the Alabama contest be the biggest and most defining game of Robinson's career? Or is that just too much of a reach at this point.
Also, is Michigan's reputation as a football program on the line against Alabama -- a game that has zero bearing on the Big Ten title race or the hunt for the Rose Bowl?
We'll start getting answers to those questions in eight days.