Devin Gardner and the Wolverines are last in the Big Ten in turnover margin at minus-5. Nebraska and Northwestern are tied for first at plus-4. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)
No coach knows precisely how a team will react coming out of a bye, but Michigan coach Brady Hoke is pretty happy with the Wolverines so far this week.
The 19th-ranked Wolverines (4-0) were off last weekend and open Big Ten play against Minnesota on Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
Michigan struggled its final two games before the bye to beat Akron and then on the road at Connecticut before having the schedule break.
"It was a perfect time," Hoke said Tuesday on the Big Ten conference call. "I would say the way we've practiced and the intensity we've practiced with, the timing and speed we've practiced with has been pretty good."
The message has been simple throughout practices since last week. Michigan has 12 turnovers and is minus-5 in turnover margin. Quarterback Devin Gardner has eight interceptions and two fumbles.
"I think as a team, I thought we got back to the basics of what you have to do and how you have to play from a fundamental standpoint, because I don't think we've done that the first four games," Hoke said. "Some of the miscues we've had, (we've been) making sure our fundamentals are what they need to be every snap."
There has been talk in recent weeks about possibly tweaking the starting five of the offensive line.
"We haven't made any decisions yet," Hoke said, adding that Tuesday's practice might offer some answers.