ANN ARBOR, Mich. – With Michigan State losing at Nebraska, 39-38, on Saturday, Michigan’s odds of winning a Big Ten championship took a dramatic jump.
In fact, if MSU loses at Ohio State on Nov. 21, and Michigan wins its next games at Indiana and at Penn Sate, then the Wolverines annual match up versus the Buckeyes on Nov. 28 will be for the Big Ten east division championship. A scenario that seemed improbable a week earlier, but now has the Wolverines in a very good position win – at the very least – to win a division title or more.
However, despite Michigan State's recent loss, Darboh says U-M coach Jim Harbaugh hasn’t let them lose focus of playing with a playoff mindset moving forward in November.
“After we lost to (MSU), we understood we would have to win out anyways,” Darboh said. “I think after that game, we took the mindset that we have to play every game like it’s a playoff game. And that’s what (Harbaugh) said again after (MSU’s 39-38 loss to Nebraska), ‘play every game like it’s a playoff, don’t lose in November,’ so you can keep the season going.”
How exactly do you play with a playoff mindset?
“You just go out there and give it your all,” Darboh said. “I feel with a playoff mentality, as football players we prepare so long for the season, then the season goes by fast. If we keep winning, we can make the season last. And we want to do that.”
Adding: “Just treat every game like it’s the last,” Darboh said, adding: “He said we have to limit mistakes, go out and execute every game like it’s the last. Not have this feeling again.”
No. 15 Michigan (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) plays at Indiana (4-5) this Saturday at 3:30 pm.