Michigan is 5-0, but the path it travels is a bit uneasy.
In essence, the Wolverines are a 3-2 team that's benefited from a few lucky rolls. There's no harm in that, though. Undefeated is undefeated. But in this case, Team 134's unblemished record lacks the zeal of say, Ohio State, Oregon or Alabama's.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke has a 42-13 trouncing of Minnesota in his rear view. His team has shown that it can get the job done at home—it's 18-0 under Hoke—but this Saturday, it has to prove itself against Penn State (3-2) in Happy Valley.
If the No. 18-ranked Wolverines are to truly contend for a conference championship, they'll have to dispose of coach Bill O'Brien's Nittany Lions. Anything short of a steady, controlled approach would be a gross disappointment.
Thus far, Michigan hasn't put together four straight quality quarters on a single game day. However, this past Saturday's 28-point second half against the Gophers could have been a prelude of what's to come—and that's a team capable of fighting for the top spot in the Big Ten.
In this slideshow, issues, concerns and statistics surrounding Team 134's 5-0 start will be examined.