Michigan players note weekly preparations as the reason for their success in Big Ten road games.

Michigan players note weekly preparations as the reason for their success in Big Ten road games.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Big Ten road wins are never easy to come by. But yet after four conference road games, Michigan finished its season 4-0 away from Ann Arbor anyways.

And a big reason their success is how coach Jim Harbaugh prepares them throughout the week, says Jake Butt, who finished with five catches for 66 yards and touchdown in No. 12 Michigan’s 28-16 road win at Penn State on Saturday.

“I think it just starts with preparation,” Butt said on winning on the road. “We treat every practice like it’s a game. In communication we try to figure it out, (however) it wasn’t always perfect, it wasn’t always pretty this game, but we always came to the sideline, communicated with each other. I think that plays a big part.”

Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock echoed Butt's stement, noting U-M’s prepration they put in during the week as key reason for their success on Saturday’s.

“I think a lot of if it I putting in the work during the week,” Rudock said. “Everybody always sees what happens on Saturday. But the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, everything really culminates and comes together.”

Adding: “You just find a way,” Rudock said. “Out defense found a way to step and make their stops. Offensively we found a way to get enough points on the board. And that’s all is it is, is finding a way scratching itching whatever you got to do, clawing to get points on the board. It’s what we have to do.” Michigan (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) will play host to Ohio State (10-1, 6-1) this Saturday at Noon.


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