ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan's offensive line will once again be tested by an aggressive front seven of the opposition.
So far, and to the surprise of some, the line has stood up to the test. Now, entering Saturday's contest against Northwestern, offensive lineman Mason Cole has noted the growth the offensive line has made this season. However, it doesn't take away from the preparation that still needs to be made for the upcoming game on Saturday.
"We've definitely made strides as an offensive line over the last four or five weeks," Cole said. "We've got to prepare well this week just like we've done the past few weeks. We can't take any team lightly so we have to prepare the same way we have been and go out and execute."
The Wildcat defense might be a surprise to some, just don't tell that to the U-M players. They're prepared and realize what's at stake. For Cole, he knows his team must give everything it has to come away victorious.
"Very good, very talented," Cole said. "Very hard players, they play very hard. Just overall a great defense, we're going to have to bring our A-game."
On a personal level, Cole has benefitted greatly from not early enrolling as a freshman but also from the early playing time as well. Despite football always being football to him, the added experience has helped the game become just a little bit easier for him.
"Yeah it's slowed down a little bit," Cole said. "From last year to this year, it's another year under my belt. I think it's slowed down a little bit and gotten a little easier. But things never change, it's still college football, it's still hard. It's a fast game."
U-M and Northwestern kick-off at Michigan Stadium at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.