Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 8:54pm

BLOOMINGTON — Shea Patterson’s previous pass had fallen hopelessly incomplete, a wide-open Donovan Peoples-Jones looking on as the ball clattered to the end-zone turf.

Staring into a third-and-9 from the Indiana 11 with Michigan trailing by seven, Patterson could have easily wilted. He could have found Nico Collins underneath, short of the first down, or fled the pocket in search of a few extra yards.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 7:33pm
Senior quarterback Shea Patterson had the best game of his Michigan career last week.

With that in mind, The Daily breaks down what to watch for as the Wolverines attempt to answer the questions they face before the Buckeyes come to town.

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 9:09pm

Redshirt freshman Cam McGrone has developed into a permanent starter and one of the Wolverines' key defensive pieces, moving beyond just his unrivaled speed.

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 3:24pm

Lavert Hill bounced down the Michigan sideline, waiving his arms in jubilation with his helmet in hand. Behind him, the rest of the Wolverines did the same, spilling onto the field, toward the stands and everywhere in between.

The celebration — set off by Hill’s fourth-quarter interception — had been brewing all game, as No. 15 Michigan (5-2 Big Ten, 8-2 overall) charged toward a 44-10 win.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 6:39pm

I know that’s not 100 percent accurate. For the Wolverines, a loss would end any faint hopes at a New Years’ Six Bowl. For Michigan State, it could be the difference between the Quick Lane Bowl and the Pinstripe Bowl — both worthy successors to its prestigious 2018 RedBox Bowl appearance.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 9:32pm
Over the course of the season, Shea Patterson has improved his ball security, with six games since his last lost fumble.

With increased ball security, Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson has been able to use all the weapons in his arsenal for the offense.

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 8:05pm
Sophomore defensive end Aidan Hutchinson grew up around the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry.

Aidan Hutchinson knows what this rivalry is all about. He grew up in Dearborn, less than 100 miles from both schools. He heard stories about it from his dad, a standout linebacker at Michigan in the early 1990s. In high school, he was recruited by both sides.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 5:13pm
Junior wide receiver Nico Collins had a 51-yard catch against Maryland but no receptions the rest of the game.

For four years, Collins terrorized defenses with the athleticism and imposing frame that made him one of the most talented players Hood has coached. Watching from the stands all those years, Hood’s kids idolized Collins and watched in awe as he accounted for 2,773 yards and 40 touchdowns in his career with Clay-Chalkville. So now, when they watch Michigan together, their pride is a family affair. “My kids still look at the TV, ‘Where’s Nico?’ Hood said. “… It’s really fun to watch.” Thousands of miles away in Ann Arbor, Michigan fans find themselves asking the same question every week. For them, it’s a matter of frustration, sparked by the contrast of Collins’ generational talent paired against his inconsistent usage.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 5:10pm

COLLEGE PARK — Jim Harbaugh is not one to disclose his gameplan, even after a win.

But whatever he envisioned for Saturday’s trip to 3-5 Maryland, giving up a pair of six-minute drives into the red zone before halftime wasn’t it.

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 7:07pm
Redshirt freshman running back Hassan Haskins ran for 149 yards last Saturday against Notre Dame as the Wolverines dominated the Irish, 45-14.

Until then, it’s a simple matter of proving that the Wolverines’ last six quarters — in which they’ve outscored a pair of top-10 opponents, 59-21 — are no mirage and that maybe, somehow, this is the year Michigan can finally take down the vaunted Buckeyes. Against Michigan State and a quietly 6-2 Indiana, that will be a challenge. Both teams, despite their flaws, carry enough weaponry to challenge the Wolverines’ presumed growth, even in losses.