From ESPN's "On the Mark"
What we thought we knew: Rich Rod was in trouble.
What we know: Rich Rod could run for governor (in Michigan, not West Virginia).
Remember all the accusations about improper practices and failed condo deals? It seems like ancient history after the Wolverines opened the season by winning their first three games, including the victory over Notre Dame.
Michigan fans could only hope the Wolverines would be better after last season's 3-9 disaster, and so far Rich Rodriguez has delivered. Tate Forcier looks like a quarterback tailor-made for Rodriguez's spread offense, and the Wolverines are better on defense. They play only two ranked opponents the rest of the way and get both of them at home: No. 5 Penn State on Oct. 24 and No. 13 Ohio State in the Nov. 21 regular-season finale.
But Michigan is still a young football team and plays four potentially difficult road games: Michigan State, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.