Michigan might get some boost from a win over rival Michigan State, but how much is difficult to measure.
Brendan Gibbons struggled mightily as a freshman but put in the time and effort to get better. Tuesday at the Sugar Bowl, his confidence produced the game-winning kick.
The special teams have been a mixed bag, with coverage standing out while the return game has underwhelmed.
To stop Virginia Tech, Greg Mattison's Wolverines defense must get off field on third down and limit big plays.