With a quarter of the 2011 season in the record books, it is interesting to compare Michigan's 2009 and 2011 seasons, in part because the the two seasons feature the same three opening opponents in order; Western, ND, Eastern. Whether Michigan is substantially improved over 2009 is an open question. Acknowledging the weather-shortened 2011 game versus Western, the general stats say:
2009 (through Week Three): Points scored-110. Total offense-1317. Total defense-1076.
2011 (through Week Three): Points scored-100. Total offense-1211. Total defense-1028.
2009 - Week One: M over WMU, 31-7. Having predicted a WMU win in the wake of the mayhem he helped cause, the Free Press' Mark Snyder had to eat his words as Michigan shut down Western's heralded QB Tim Hiller, and Tate Forcier led Michigan to a commanding win. M-242 rushing, 197 passing. WMU-38 rushing, 263 passing.
2011 - Week One: M over WMU, 34-10. With Western Michigan's QB Alex Carder having been heralded by some as "the best college quarterback in Michigan," Michigan shut him down and Denard Robinson led Michigan to a lightning-shortened 34-10 win in just less than three quarters. M-190 rushing, 98 passing. WMU-96 rushing, 183 passing.
2009 - Week Two: M over Notre Dame, 38-34. In a game for the ages, M comes from behind to win on a td pass with 0:11 remaining. M-190 rushing, 240 passing. ND-154 rushing, 336 passing.
2011 - Week Two: M over Notre Dame, 35-31. In a game for the ages, M comes from behind to win on a td pass with 0:02 remaining. M-114 rushing, 338 passing. ND-198 passing, 315 passing.
2009 - Week Three: M over EMU, 41-17. A mismatch win for Michigan. M-380 rushing, 68 passing. EMU-179 rushing, 106 passing.
2011 - Week Three: M over EMU, 31-3. A mismatch win for Michigan. M-376 rushing, 95 passing. EMU-207 rushing, 29 passing.