Though his statline is uninspiring — just 1,311 yards and 11 touchdowns — junior quarterback Shea Patterson has improved as a game manager and became everything and more to a Michigan team that thinks it's finally over the hump and deserving of a spot in the national discussion.
It’s a tired ultimatum at this point: win these three games, and only then is the Michigan football team for real. Only then is Jim Harbaugh, after four years of manifesting his all-star presence, the savior.
With No. 15 Wisconsin rolling into Ann Arbor on Saturday (opening as eight-point underdogs, mind you), fans are handling the game as a make-or-break ordeal. The team is, too, and they’re talking about it.