Here's the advanced stats composite schedule rundown as of the week 8 results. Now that FEI is fully meshed and posting Off/Def/ST break-outs, I'm including that as well:
As it happens, FEI appears to validate M's defensive prowess as much as S&P+; but the offense... has room for improvement (so it's a good week for a bye). Special Teams is the great equalizer for M, as in the aggregate the Special Teams play compensates for M's offensive deficiencies (no pun intended...) such that the overall ratings for M are in the top ten across the board with the exception being ESPN's FPI rating, which is Monte Carlo based. I am presuming (maybe someone with insight into FPI might care to comment) that FPI includes some extrapolation of M's turnover margin (or lack thereof).
Turnover luck is certainly something that M has been lacking - it's attributable in no small measure to both of the losses and none of the wins thus far. A quick metric for gauging turnover luck is to look at the difference between actual and 2nd-order wins, which for M is 1.3 and means M should have 6+ wins thus far. By comparison, a certain undefeated team who shall not be named on the other hand is -2.0, meaning it would be expected to be 6-2 at this point. In terms of points per game, M's luck is costing -3.1, where as the UTWSNBN has been benefitting to tune of +3.9, or about a TD between the two.
Iowa remains the expected B1G West champ, and with any luck, MSU will drop is 50/50 game with
Illinois Nebraska and M will be in to the B1G CG if it can win out and get by OSU.
Yours in football - Go Blue!
Please refer to the week 6 diary for additional external sources & references, as well as how to interpret the color scheme if it's not completely intuitive for you.