After Team 134 got off to a promising 5-0 start, Brady Hoke's Wolverines have now suffered three losses in their last five games. Their conference losses to Penn State, Michigan State and Nebraska have them in a tie for fourth in the Big Ten's Legends division, and they're well behind where many experts expected them to be heading into the season's final two regular-season games.
The Wolverines' offensive line has struggled mightily, their passing game has been inconsistent and they've had a penchant for giving up big plays on defense.
However, even after all of their struggles, a dramatic win against Northwestern has kept Michigan fans' hopes alive for a 10-win season. While winning out would likely just result in a trip to either the Outback Bowl or the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, it would provide a huge boost to a program that's been recruiting well and showing signs that it may soon be considered elite once again.
Of course, winning out would also mean beating Ohio State in "The Game," which looms just around the corner.
Let's look at five things that Michigan needs to do to finish strong.