"The Game" won't be played until Nov. 30.
But you can bet that Michigan coach Brady Hoke has seen enough to know that the season-ending battle with Ohio State will be nothing short of difficult.
Although they're 3-0 and ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press poll/No. 16 in the Bleacher Report Top 25, the Wolverines don't appear as dynamic and strike-capable as the No. 4 AP/No. 3 B/R Buckeyes, who are also 3-0.
This past weekend, Michigan limped to a 28-24 win over the visiting Akron Zips. The offense was sluggish, the running game was nonexistent and the defense was simply disappointing. With little sense of urgency, Greg Mattison's group allowed the Zips to sustain drives and push the heavily-favored Wolverines to the brink of embarrassment.
On the other hand, the Buckeyes went west over the weekend and disposed of Cal, 52-34. Despite a 1-1 record entering the game, the Bears were far from an inferior opponent. They held tight until the fourth quarter during their season-opening 44-30 loss to No. 18 Northwestern, which was then ranked No. 22.
Hoke likely learned that coach Urban Meyer's team did what it was supposed to do in Week 3, whereas his simply didn't. The Buckeyes are showing their hand, and Hoke should be at full attention.