After three tumultuous years with head coach Rich Rodriguez and the spread offense, newcomer Brady Hoke took the Michigan Football program back to prominence in his first season, going 11-2 and winning the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The win propelled Michigan back into the national title picture and drove many to proclaim that Michigan was "back."
However, Hoke's second season began with his toughest challenge: a Dallas, Texas showdown with the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide.
After a brutal loss to Alabama, an underwhelming showing in their home opener against Air Force, a confidence booster against the lowly UMass Minutemen and an offensive flop against Notre Dame in South Bend, can the Wolverines salvage a season that began with a No. 8 ranking and Big Ten title hopes?
If their performance to date is any indicator of how the rest of their season will go with Big Ten play starting next week, the Wolverines and their fans should be very worried. What has caused Michigan's underwhelming start to the year?