Michael Barrett became the latest Michigan football player to say he is coming back for 2023.
Let’s just say Michigan linebacker Michael Barrett has some unfinished business in Ann Arbor…
After losing the Fiesta Bowl in heartbreaking fashion to the TCU Horned Frogs, many Michigan Wolverines stars have opted to return to school for one last ride. The two-time reigning Big Ten champions have yet to win a playoff game under Jim Harbaugh. With Coach Harbaugh returning for yet another season as well, it really feels like championship or bust for the 2023 Wolverines.
Here is Barrett announcing his intentions of returning to Michigan for his sixth college season.
Michael Barrett will be returning to Michigan for his sixth year of eligibility
Barrett wants to not only complete his master’s degree at the University of Michigan, but he wants to finish what he started on the football team. The Wolverines should be the presumptive favorite to three-peat in the Big Ten. However, the SEC powerhouse that is the Georgia Bulldogs are the presumptive favorites to three-peat as College Football Playoff national champions, too.
No doubt about it, these are two teams that are on the shortlist of squads that can realistically get to and win multiple playoff games next season. Though no Michigan player has ever won a playoff game before, all of their upperclassmen are firmly accustomed to life on the championship stage. The lights may have been too bright over in Glendale for J.J. McCarthy, but even he will be a junior.
With the likes of Blake Corum, Trevor Keegan and Zak Zinter all coming back to school, it may have made things even easier for Barrett to return as well. However, no team in the country faces more pressure next fall than the Wolverines. Georgia is bound to regress at some point, but it really feels like now or never for Harbaugh’s team to get the thing done when it matters the most.
If you are going to pick the field over Georgia next year, that team from the field may be Michigan.