ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan's football team has restored some of its lost luster.
Brady Hoke's leadership, Denard Robinson's talent and an improved defense helped the Wolverines cap a comeback season with an 11th win in the Sugar Bowl.
It starts this season with high expectations after winning a BCS bowl for the first time since 2000.
Hoke enters his second season in charge of college football's winningest program insisting last year was a failure because the Wolverines didn't win the Big Ten championship, extending a drought that stretches to 2004.
Michigan opens the season Sept. 1 against defending national champion Alabama at Cowboys Stadium.
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