STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Through 11 games this season, the Wolverines are battle teste all while facing adversity along the way.
In fact, U-M has lost two close games in the fourth quarter (Utah, Michigan State), and has found a way to win close games in the fourth quarter and beyond (Minnesota and Indiana as prime examples).
And after Saturday’s 28-16 win at Penn State, Michigan (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) now has a chance to close out its season with another – most likely adverse challenge – in Ohio State, and the players are ready for it.
Why? Well, because of Jim Harbaugh of course, who has been pushing the Wolverines ever since he came on campus to prepare them for the toughest moments possible, says TE Jake Butt.
“He has made it hard as possible in spring ball, in camp, in meetings, he just pushed us to our limit,” Butt said of Harbaugh. “He tried to find where we have little cracks and stuff, and he pushed us to our limits, so when it does come to our adverse times, we’ve been there, we face adversity already. And we can overcome it a little easier.”
Adding: “Because it’s not always easy – its tough,” Butt said. “In camp when you’re going 14, 15 straight days in full pads, pounding into each other where your body hurts, everything like that, but it’s where to get our team where they are at right now. It’s all for reason, it’s real cool.”
Michigan (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) will play host to Ohio State (10-1, 6-1) this Saturday at Noon.