Rodriguez knows there are no guarantees

How many wins does Rodriguez need to ensure his return for a fourth season? No one is saying. But it’s safe to assume a losing record would spell doom for Rodriguez, and a 6-6 record also may be fatal. But is a 7-5 or 8-4 record good enough, especially if it includes a win over Michigan State or Ohio State — teams Rodriguez has yet to beat in his two seasons in Ann Arbor? A 9-3 record or better almost certainly would mean Rodriguez returns.

But, again, who knows?