First off, congratulations to RR! Not only a bowl game but a winning season, and officially on the way up. I'll gladly take a 2-game improvement every year. With that said, here's a couple things I've been thinking over the last couple weeks that I haven't seen posted yet.
I'm not quite as high on the "never punt it" bandwagon as I used to be. Yes, it's a good strategy when you have a really good offense. And we do have a good offense... only it's not one that can reliably pick up a few yards on every play. It's more the kind of offense that will get you 0-2 yards a couple times and then pop you for 20. That means that despite getting lots of yards and first downs, you can't really depend on them to convert on any one particular down. Also, with the defense playing a little tighter the last two weeks, it's become safer to punt than it was earlier in the year.
Predictability. I never thought I would say this about our offense, but it has become a bit predictable. I'd like to know how many times in the last two weeks we actually called for a pass on first down. Other than the first play of each game, I don't remember a single one. I'm not saying there weren't any, just that I don't remember them. We somehow seem to have reverted to the old Lloyd Carr adage of "run, run, until you have to pass." I'm going to put my rosy glasses on and hope this is so we can catch Wisconsin and OSU a little more off-guard in our play-calling. It might have been just because of the rain, except that it happened against Illinois too. Whatever it was, I just hope to see us mix it up a little more in the next couple weeks.
I was also going to comment that Denard has seemed a step or two slower in his last few games, and that maybe he's not quite as healthy as it's been made out. But Humen beat me to it (a few comments down in this thread).
I'm very happy with the team and the coach right now. But there's a couple things like this that worry me, and I want to see us play as well as possible against Wisconsin and OSU! If we do, I like to think Michigan might just be able to sneak out with one more win.
Addendum: I added some data in one of the comments below, and thought I should copy it up here.
I also checked the play-calling on first down. We ran on first down 28 times, and passed on only 5. That includes 9 first-down runs in a row in the first half, and 16 in a row in the second half, during which our only first-down pass came on the first play of the half.