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Michigan ability contend repeat titles hinges decisions Harbaugh key players

Michigan's future is uncertain after winning its first national championship in 26 years. Coach Jim Harbaugh's status is unknown.

Michigan has won its first national championship in 26 years, but the future is uncertain. The team faces questions about who will stay, who will go, and whether a repeat is possible in a loaded Big Ten that will include the Washington team they defeated in the championship game.

The biggest question is the status of coach Jim Harbaugh. After leading the team to three straight Big Ten titles and College Football Playoff appearances, Harbaugh is a top target for NFL teams with head coach openings. His intentions remain unknown.

Several players are also considering whether to enter the NFL draft or return to school, especially with NCAA sanctions looming. Quarterback J.J. McCarthy is projected to be a late first-round pick if he declares, and running back Blake Corum may also move on after being named offensive player of the game.

The Wolverines' defense, which led the nation in fewest points and yards allowed per game, could lose up to eight starters. However, cornerback Will Johnson believes there is enough talent waiting in the wings to keep Michigan competitive.

Despite the uncertainty, oddsmakers aren't forecasting a repeat for the Wolverines. However, Corum believes the team has what it takes to run it back and stay focused after their win.

Harbaugh has remained focused on the game and has used his platform to advocate for college athletes to share in the revenue they help generate. He has suggested a pool to pay athletes using a percentage of the money made by coaches, conferences, and the NCAA.

Ultimately, Michigan's future remains uncertain, but the team is prepared to face the challenges ahead and remain competitive in the Big Ten.

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