Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston: Much of the action in Hurston's novel takes place in The Muck. The area, near Florida's Lake Okeechobee, also produced Wolverines tailback Vincent Smith, who is averaging 8.5 yards per carry this season. The Wolverines also resemble main character Janie Crawford, who returns to Eatonville, Fla., as a mysterious figure and the subject of gossip by her fellow townsfolk. The rest of the Big Ten is wondering about Michigan, which once again has started hot. The Wolverines' dominant win against San Diego State suggests Michigan has improved under Brady Hoke, but Rich Rodriguez's team started off 5-0 last year and lost six of its next eight.
Last game: Beat San Diego State, 28-7
The Muck starring Vincent Smith, Jeremy Gallon, and Brandin Hawthrone