Michigan's road to 4-0 hasn't been smooth.
In fact, the first month of the season has been anything but predictable—a stark contrast to what was expected from the No. 19-ranked Wolverines. Two slip-ups against middle-of-the-road competition raises concern when forecasting the rest of Team 134's fall.
After taking two steps forward, quarterback Devin Gardner finds himself worse off than from when he started. Entering 2013, Gardner, a 6'4", 210-pound redshirt junior, was thought to be a Big Ten player of the year candidate. A solid five-game slate in 2012 certainly provided plenty of optimism.
But he's struggling to make ends meet on the field. Likewise is true for the offensive line, led by senior All-American left tackle Taylor Lewan, and the secondary, which has been anchored by redshirt sophomore Blake Countess, who has three picks on the year.
If there's one thing that can be taken away from September, it's that Brady Hoke must go back to the drawing board. His team is talented enough to win 10 games, now the third-year coach has to find a way to fit the pieces together.
This slideshow will cover a few thorns in the side of the Wolverines, who open Big Ten play Oct. 5 with Minnesota at "The Big House."