No. 19 Michigan starts Big Ten slate with 4-0 mark

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan has swept nonconference teams in the regular season for the third straight year.

The 19th-ranked Wolverines hope that translates to success in the Big Ten

It didn't the past two years.

Michigan beat San Diego State 28-7 Saturday and improved to 4-0 heading into this week's conference opener at the Big House against Minnesota.

Rich Rodriguez started 4-0 in 2010 and 2009 and won the Big Ten opener in each of his three seasons, but lost 18 of the other 21 conference games. That played a part in Rodriguez getting fired and Brady Hoke being hired.

Hoke has been saying Michigan's goal this season is to win the Big Ten title.

They have a shot, but the Wolverines have a lot of work to do in every phase of the game.