Michigan's players weren't exactly fond of questions asking whether or not the Wolverines would root for Ohio State to top Michigan State.

Michigan's players weren't exactly fond of questions asking whether or not the Wolverines would root for Ohio State to top Michigan State.

If it's possible for a college football team to earn two victories in one week, Michigan would have a legitimate claim based on Saturday's results.

While the Wolverines spent the afternoon dismantling Rutgers 49-16 in Ann Arbor to improve to 7-2, Michigan State was handed a crushing last second 39-38 loss at Nebraska in primetime.

The loss for the Spartans is the first in conference play, same as the Wolverines, making Michigan State's Nov. 21 match-up at Ohio State crucial if Michigan has any hope of getting to Indianapolis and the Big Ten championship game.

Should Michigan State lose to Ohio State and Michigan win out, the Wolverines would win the tiebreaker to advance to take on the winner of the east division.

Still, several Michigan players were asked Monday whether or not rooting for Ohio State will be possible in a couple weeks, with most unable to stomach those very words.

"It obviously helps us out, at the same time we're not too worried about that, we're worried about Indiana," senior linebacker Joe Bolden said. "Rooting for Ohio State is a very bad, I would say not a good phrase.

"We want to get to the Big Ten championship and for them to win that game here in a couple weeks would be awesome. At the same time, I don't care what happens there, all I care about is Saturday and we can't get there if we don't keep winning."

Michigan travels to Indiana Saturday for a 3:30 kickoff before heading to Penn State to take on the surprising Nittany Lions.

In the eyes of sophomore defensive end Taco Charlton, the next game is all that matters right now.

"We can't control what Ohio State does or what Michigan State does," Charlton said. "We can just control what we do so we've got to make sure we win to control our own destiny and everything else will take care of itself.

"Rooting for Ohio State though, I don't know if we can go that far."

Off the rest of the night Saturday after the win over the Scarlet Knights, it appears several players took the time to keep an eye on other meaningful games around the country.

"Our main focus is Indiana right now," senior offensive tackle Ben Braden said. "That's our next game.

"I watched the Michigan State game, I love watching other teams play and it's just great to see good football but at the same time our focus has to be where our next game is."



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