Five things we learned about Big Ten football in Week 6. . .

1, Under-the-radar Michigan is gaining momentum

There hasn’t been a whole lot of buzz in the world of Michigan football this fall. Notre Dame smacked the Wolverines in the mouth 24-17 in a ballyhooed opener. And Jim Harbaugh’s status as a fascinating must-follow eccentric has declined.  As Michigan’s losses (8-5 last year) have piled up, Harbaugh has clammed up.

MgoBlue’s 42-21 win over Maryland on Saturday won’t do much to change that. The Wolverines, who trailed 7-3 after a first quarter in which they gave up a 98-yard kickoff return, had another slow start before pounding out a victory.

Although that loss to the Irish is looking more and more understandable, and although Michigan stands at 5-1, 3-0 in the Big Ten and is 12th in this week’s AP poll, only wearers of maize-and-blue glasses have a vision of the Wolverines besting No. 3 Ohio State and No. 8 Penn State in the Big Ten East.

But the Harbaughs will have an opportunity to change that perception this week, when No. 15 Wisconsin comes to the Big House. (6:30 p.m. Central time, ABC).

If the Champions of the West (in song) can knock off the Champions of the West (in deed), Harbaugh’s Youtube stock will rise dramatically. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.