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Posted on Thu, Aug 2, 2012 : 2 p.m.

Noted CBS analyst says the Michigan football team will win the Big Ten, head to the Rose Bowl

By Nick Baumgardner

RohAvery.jpg analyst Jerry Palm predicts Michigan will win the Big Ten and advance to the Rose Bowl in 2012. Palm projected the Wolverines as a BCS team prior to last season as well.

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Jerry Palm was on the Michigan football bandwagon before just about anyone else in 2011.

And in 2012, he's keeping his seat on the front of the bus.

Palm, a analyst and the owner of, unveiled his 2012 bowl projections earlier this week, placing Michigan in the Rose Bowl as the Big Ten champions.

Palm, remember, was one of -- if not the only -- analyst to jump on Michigan's early potential last season, projecting the Wolverines as a BCS team before the 2011 campaign began.

"There was one week I took them out of the BCS projections, but I never thought they weren't going 10-2," Palm told the Detroit Free Press last season. "The hard part (of the BCS) isn't just going 10-2, the circumstances have to be right, the bowl selection matters, among other things."

Palm received criticism, but was ultimately rewarded in the end as the Wolverines surprised many with an 11-2 season and a win over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl.

As far as 2012 goes, Palm predicts that Michigan will face Oregon in the Rose Bowl -- earning the Big Ten title bid over two-time defending champ Wisconsin.

Palm says the Badgers will battle Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. He has Florida State and Boise State in the Orange Bowl, Alabama and Louisville in the Sugar Bowl and USC vs. LSU for the BCS national championship.

As for Michigan State?

Palm says the Spartans will play Georgia again -- this time in the Capital One Bowl.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.



Tue, Aug 7, 2012 : 11:29 a.m.

Just think, if due to the tough schedule Michigan ends up at 7-6, or 6-7, the Wolverine fans may end up chanting "WE WANT RICHROD BACK!" There are enough major roadblocks this season to keep us down in the ditch. We will know a lot more about the Maize and Blue once they have finished playing Alabama. Go Blue! Perhaps Arizona will play in the Rose Bowl this year - Wouldn't that be a fantastic kick in the pants!


Tue, Aug 14, 2012 : 10:37 p.m.

WVU and UM learned valuable lessons the last 5 years... Unfortunately some teams will just have to learn them firsthand... I'd like to see another NC come out of Ann Arbor, but, not if we have to have a weasel for a coach... The PAC 12 seems to be the landing spot for the sleazy coaches now and that's fine with me... SweaterVest would have been perfect for the UCLA Job if it weren't for the sanctions... As it was they threw Jim Mora a bone for being displaced by a sleazy PAC 12 coach placed in witness protection in Seattle... The Sleaze of the PAC 12 now has it's sights on infiltrating the NFC West and has done well with SF and the Seahawks under control they own 50% of the division... Don't underestimate the Sleaze Mafia ;)


Sun, Aug 5, 2012 : 4:14 p.m.

Becareful here.First of all this the Tuffest set of Teams that Michigan has played in years,in fact the first time i can remember where Michigan doesn't have 8 home games.Sounds Like Jerry Palm is trying to get some free pizza from Dave Brandon lol.This is a very Big Year for Michigan,because they have to match all the hype they have got in the last year.I still think they are Very Over-Rated football Team.But we will see won't we.


Sat, Aug 4, 2012 : 6:57 a.m.

I like it, good call Mr. Palm, after last years great prediction, which I also predicted 10-2 before the season. So maybe we could have people eating out of the "palm" of our hand? I think we go 10-3 or 11-2 after the B1G CG and a great Bowl Game to boot, hopefully the Rose.


Fri, Aug 3, 2012 : 5:41 p.m.

I hope we get to the Rose Bowl this year as I live close by the, Rose Bowl. Everytime there is an event with my family in Mich. I have to travel so, it would be nice to see Mich. travel to Calif. for the, Rose Bowl.


Fri, Aug 3, 2012 : 12:12 p.m.

I sure hope Michigan goes to the Rose Bowl this year, because after this season they will most likely spend the next 4 years in the new 4 team playoff. Could be a long time before they get to smell the roses again!!! Go Blue!!!


Thu, Aug 2, 2012 : 9:34 p.m.

We are at ND and Nebraska for night games. At OSU, and basically at Alabama for a night time showdown, but to get to the Rose Bowl, we only need to be concerned about MSU and @ Nebraska. we have a shot in both of those games, so I trip to Indy to play Wisky does not seem a far reach. I don't see us beating Bama, and I think the ND and OSU games could be dicey. I think 9-3 will be our record, plus whatever they do in the bowl game.

Blue Marker

Fri, Aug 3, 2012 : 11:20 a.m.

I'm in that range too. Could even go 8-4 if injuries comes calling. But then again, I would have never picked them to go 11-2 last year. Less than 30 days until kick-off!


Thu, Aug 2, 2012 : 9:04 p.m.

I hope Mr Palm is correct. I am an avid follwer and believer in Michigan football, but this year will be tougher than last with the given schedule.


Thu, Aug 2, 2012 : 7:43 p.m.

I thought with the new (a few years back) system, the winner of the Big Ten didn't always go to the Rose Bowl.

jeff blue

Thu, Aug 2, 2012 : 6:26 p.m.

Be careful, as we lost some very strong and physical plaers last year. I agree that we will play Wisconsin in the championship game.