The Wolverines were 46-42 (.523) in seven years from Rodriguez and Hoke. They are 28-11 (718) under Harbaugh.
They were 26-32 in the Big Ten (.448) under Rodriguez and Hoke and are 18-8 (.692) under Harbaugh.
The last three years, Ohio State is 23-3 in the Big Ten regular season, Wisconsin is 22-4 and Penn State is 21-7. Then Michigan is tied to Iowa and Northwestern at 18-8.
"We have a standard," said Winovich, raising his hand above his head, "and we're not in that standard."
But Michigan is off the ground. This is not Bo Schembechler Michigan, but it is sneaking towards this goal. The previous year's record of 8-5 after 10-3 years was a reasonable, but small step back with one of the youngest teams in the country and quarterback injuries that led to a third-string opponent against Ohio State.
Harbaugh said improvements would come After a defeat by South Carolina, the season came to an end with a three-headed losing streak (the previous two defeats went to Ohio State and Wisconsin, the winners of the Big Ten Division.) But it's easy to have a three games
Michigan replaced power coach Kevin Tolbert with Ben Herbert, and there's nothing that makes a football team talk about rejuvenation like a new strength coach. Urban Meyer considers Mickey Marotti, his longtime strength coach, as his key employee.
Harbaugh also replaced offensive coordinator Tim Drevno with Florida former head coach Jim McElwain and former Ohio State offensive coach Ed Warner.
And they have a quarterback. Shea Patterson, the transfer of Ole Miss, will surely win the job at the camp. Harbaugh plays it cool, but he said he expected both the starter and the depth of the quarterback to be one step beyond the years.