Gallon: Need 'High Intensity' to Pull Upset

STORY: 5th-year senior Jeremy Gallon on team finishing strong, '69 Mich-OSU game and more.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- If Michigan is going to have to have chance at pulling a major upset against rival Ohio State, the Wolverines will have to play with "high intensity" and look for inspiration from the past, says fifth-year senior Jeremy Gallon.

"We have to stay focused and come out and play with high intensity," Gallon said. "Just play for each other. Just go out and leave it all out on the field."

When Michigan (7-4, 3-4 Big Ten) takes on No. 3 Ohio State (11-0, 7-0) this Saturday – the Maize and Blue will have an opportunity to play spoiler to the Buckeyes perfect season and BCS championship hopes. However, Gallon says his motives are different heading into the annual contest known as "The Game" – citing the Wolverines are focused on winning for their fellow seniors.

"It would be good," Gallon said on ending the Ohio State's perfect season. "But it's just all about us finishing strong. I'll be more happy with us finishing strong with a win. Especially with my seniors and this being the last year playing in the Big House. I'll just be more satisfied with that rather than crushing their undefeated season."

Also used as a source of inspirations was the '69 Michigan-Ohio State game, where the Wolverines upset then No. 1 OSU, 24-12, which is widely regarded as the biggest upset in the history of the rivalry. Gallon said he watched the game with quarterback Devin Gardner this past week and clips of the game separately with his teammates.

"Just to see that game and how it started and finished," Gallon said. "It was an amazing game. It tells you how good the history and rivalry is between us two."

Like the '69 Wolverines, nobody is giving U-M a chance this Saturday versus the Buckeyes, and that "fine" with Gallon.

"That's fine," Gallon said. "(We're) not worried about what everyone else thinks. We just worried about what's going on inside Schembechler (Hall) and worried about each other."

Why is he so confident in his team despite such big underdogs?

"Because I am with my brothers. I know my brothers got my back. I know I got theirs 100 percent. I am not worried about anything. I don't doubt my team. I'm ready to go to war for my team."

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