ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan’s outlook and focus for the 2014 season has shifted.
Following a 3-5 start to the year and eyeing four games to go in the regular season, a Big Ten championship is out of the question.
With that being said and Indiana headed to Ann Arbor Saturday afternoon, the Wolverines are hoping to reach six wins, securing a bowl berth.
“It’s three wins away, we have four more games and we’re expecting to win all four,” sophomore defensive tackle Chris Wormley said. “It’s definitely one of our big goals.”
“We have four games left and we expect to win every game,” Wormley added. “The next four games, we win all four and we’re bowl eligible and we’re going to a bowl and feeling better than we did last week and the rest of the season to play for.”
How exactly Michigan goes about doing that, remains to be seen.
The Michigan defense has been strong at times while the offense continues to sputter in the realm of inconsistency. With seemingly no one on the outside believing it’s possible, the Wolverines’ locker room is staying together.
“Definitely,” sophomore tight end Jake Butt said. “And that’s what it has to be. It’s us against the world right now and it’ll turn around and cause a positive result.”
“I think our goal is to win out and that’s got to be our goal and, we’ve got to get to a bowl game,” Butt added.
One of Michigan’s leaders, senior middle linebacker Jake Ryan, says it’s important to remain positive, eyeing one goal at a time.
“You’ve got to come in with the right attitude and good body language; guys see that,” Ryan said. “Just setting the right example.”
“Indiana is our goal right now and we’re focused on them,” Ryan added.
Obviously, Michigan’s student-athletes are quick to point out they’re neither satisfied nor accepting of the disappointing start to the season.
At the end of the day, none of them are giving up either.
“It’s frustrating whenever you lose,” Wormley said. “Whether you lose one game or you lose all twelve so, I think we’ve been sticking together as a defense and as an offense and as a team as a whole.
“Definitely, losing is frustrating but we understand there’s still a lot to play for.”
For Butt, it all begins with the mentality when it comes to division one football.
“To be honest I think we’ve got a bunch of guys that are here to compete,” Butt said. “To play at this level and to play here you’ve got to really love this game and if you don’t you wouldn’t be here.
“If you love it, you’re going to come in and work hard every single day no matter what the result is.”