Everyone knows the script by now. For the second consecutive year, Rich Rodriguez has led Michigan to a 4-0 start with the heroics of a young first-year starter at quarterback. What makes this year different?
It's not just the spectacular numbers of Denard "Shoelace" Robinson that set the 2010 Wolverines apart from last year. Michigan boasts an athletic and powerful offensive line that is as good as any in the Big Ten. The receivers have provided sensational blocking as well as mostly eliminated the slew of costly drops common a year ago. Michigan leads the country in total offense through four weeks (and yes, that includes a ridiculous Oregon offense).
Even so, the naysayers are still out in full force as Michigan has climbed no higher than #19 in the polls. Michigan's young, inexperienced defense has kept the Wolverines from getting much hype as a true contender in the Big Ten. While the Wolverines defense has indeed been porous thus far, the defense should improve as the season goes on.
With the potential for plenty of shootouts, the Wolverines should be a part of plenty of exciting games in its Big Ten schedule. Here's a look at some predictions for how Michigan will fare against the rest of the Big Ten.