Michigan Looking to 'Define' Rest of Season

Jim Harbaugh's message to his team is simple... there's no time to look back. They can only afford to look ahead, and what's ahead is Minnesota.

 Michigan has no choice in the matter. The Wolverines must simply move on from the gut-wrenching and unbelievable loss at home to Michigan State a little over a week ago.

Coming off of a bye week, Michigan (5-2) had plenty of time to stew and reflect on what could've been against the Spartans, but at the end of the day, Jim Harbaugh isn't a fan of playing the what if game.

"Just as a point of reference, not into the if this, if that type of scenarios," Harbaugh said. "If worms had machine guns then birds wouldn't be scared of them."

"We're looking to define our season over the next number of games that we play."

If Michigan hopes to continue to define it's season, or have a heck of a conclusion to this novel as Harbaugh quipped about Monday, that process begins Saturday.

Practicing twice during the bye week, Harbaugh believes the focus of his team has been very good moving forward.

"They came back on Sunday, yesterday's practice, and they were very sharp," Harbaugh said. "Guys were mentally on it and I felt like we improved on what we did Tuesday and Wednesday."

For the players, experiencing the last second defeat to the Spartans stuck in their minds a little longer than usual.

By the time Michigan headed back out on the practice field though, the Wolverines had it out of sight and out of mind.

"When we came back in Coach Harbaugh said that's our medicine," safety Dymonte Thomas said. "He said whatever's going on, the fresh breeze, the football field, the turf, and all that should just clear your mind of anything that's going on. That's exactly what happened."

The Wolverines now head off to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers, looking to avenge a 30-14 loss in Ann Arbor in 2014.

Harbaugh said he flicked on the tape of last year's "whipping" at the hands of Minnesota, eager to point out how well coached the Gophers are under Jerry Kill.

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