The Michigan Daily football writers break down the weekend's stats that don't show up in the boxscore. The defense-o-meter measures the intensity of the defense, the Carr-o-meter judges Lloyd Carr's demeanor following the game and the hypemeter measures the fans' game performance.
The Michigan Daily Top 10 returns for its fourth installment in this young season. Each week, Daily Sports staffers will fill out ballots, with first place votes receiving 10 points, second-place votes receiving nine, and so on. The results are published with first-place votes in parentheses.
1. Ohio State (6): This ranking is more other teams losing than the Buckeyes winning. With a 48-3 over Kent State, Ohio State added another unimpressive win to its resume. Talk to us on Nov. 18.
Staff Picks recap: Oh how the mighty have fallen. After a great first four weeks, the Daily's football beat has, well, struggled, in the past two. Scott Bell topped everyone once again - his fourth time with that distinction already this season. He only managed to go .500 for the week, though. Everyone else was below that number, including returning guest picker Chad Gerencer, who won't be returning next week after a 9-15 performance. Daniel Bromwich was the only picker to get his best bet right this week.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
Teammates say Hart will return for Illinois
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
Remember way back on Sept. 1 when Michigan was ranked No. 5 in the nation?
Now, after two blowout victories and three grind-it-out wins, Michigan once again cracked the Associated Press Top 25 poll this past Sunday.
No. 24 doesn't seem that impressive, but if you consider where this team has come from, the ranking is much more of an accomplishment.
How did the Wolverines, a dismayed group after an 0-2 start, win five in a row and find themselves one of just two unbeaten Big Ten teams in conference play?
It started with a shift in focus.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH AND KEVIN WRIGHT
Props to the Big Ten Network.
Two weeks ago, the network announced it would air the Michigan-Purdue game, and the announcement was met with disbelief that a game featuring a then-undefeated Boilermakers and a surging Wolverine squad didn't find a way onto national television.
Well, after last Saturday, it's a little easier to see why.
Ohio State destroyed Purdue in West Lafayette, and Michigan eked out a home win against an Eastern Michigan team that lost to Vanderbilt by 23 points.
Midterms are upon us. Six games into the season, it's time for the football team to face some midseason evaluations. See how each unit scored.
The Daily's football writers and a student guest do their best to predict what happens for this weekend's slate of games.
Click here to view the Staff Picks.
Weight: 184 pounds
Year: Redshirt junior
The skinny: A wide receiver-turned-cornerback who is coming into his own in his third year at his new position.
Ups: Trent shut down Notre Dame's Jeff Samardzija last year on the road and has become the Michigan secondary's most reliable player this season.
Downs: The junior got beat repeatedly against Ohio State and Southern Cal to close out an otherwise solid sophomore season.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
It's surprising the difference four weeks can make.
Following an 0-2 start to the season, the Michigan football team continued to raise the possibility of a Big Ten championship - but most outsiders thought that goal was out of reach.
Now, the Wolverines are just one of three unbeaten Big Ten teams.
"Really, the Big Ten race is wide open," safety Brandent Englemon said. "Whoever gets hot at this time of year will take the Big Ten Championship. We're right there in the mix of everything."