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Michigan coach Brady Hoke was often asked earlier in the season about the identity of his team, but would say it had not yet revealed itself.

The Wolverines are 5-5 overall and have won their last two games. They are off this weekend, but have two regular-season games remaining and must win one to become bowl eligible.

"In some ways, we kind of know what we are as a team, and I think we've learned that through the course of the season," Hoke said Tuesday during the Big Ten conference call. "We're going to be in grind games, and that's just the way our team is.

"We haven't had many explosive plays like we'd like to offensively. Defensively, if we do a good job of playing good in the red zone and doing a good job of keeping the ball inside and in front of the defense, we have a chance — we give ourselves a place to stand. The other part of it is we have to be very good in special teams."

Michigan had to grind out a 10-9 win at Northwestern last Saturday. There were several offensive missteps throughout that game. The Wolverines are ranked last in the Big Ten in total offense, averaging 322.6 yards, and are 12th in scoring offense, averaging 20.7 points

"We know what kind of team we are, we just want to keep improving on what kind of team we are," Hoke said.

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