Despite not having gaudy offensive statistics, Michigan’s turnaround in several other overlooked categories have kept the Wolverines on the winning track.

2001

Not only did Michigan have trouble on the ground – averaging 3.6 yards per rush – it was also plagued by quarterback John Navarre’s nine picks through his first 10 games. The Wolverines barely broke even (plus-0) in the turnover margin and were often undisciplined in crucial situations.

2002

The Wolverines lead the conference with a 50 percent conversion rate on third down and are second only to Iowa in turnover ratio (plus-7). Navarre has received most of the praise for the turnaround, as he’s done his share by throwing just one interception in conference play so far – as opposed to six picks at this time last year. The Wolverines are also the least penalized team in the Big Ten, getting pushed back only 33 yards per game.

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