Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says the approach to Ohio State isn't any different despite loss to Michigan State.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says the approach to Ohio State isn't any different despite loss to Michigan State.

The circumstances were expected to be different.

Saturday's regular season finale with Ohio State could've meant so much more for a Michigan team one victory away from a double digit win season for the first time since 2011.

All Ohio State had to do was beat Michigan State, a Spartan team without starting quarterback and future pro Connor Cook. But Michael Geiger had other ideas, knifing a field goal through the uprights in Columbus to ruin the Buckeyes undefeated season.

The Spartans 17-14 win also means Michigan and Ohio State won't be teeing it up Saturday with the winner clinching the Big Ten east division title, securing a spot in the Big Ten championship game the following week.

That of course doesn't mean there's nothing to play for at high noon at the big house though.

"I think it's the same as we were planning," Harbaugh said at his Monday press conference. 

"Making our preparations, formulating our plans, getting prepared for how to beat Ohio State in practice and learn that plan and prepare for the ball game Saturday."

For Jim Harbaugh, this will be the first time he'll take the field opposite Ohio State since guiding the Wolverines to a win over the Buckeyes back in 1986.

Of course, at that time, Harbaugh was the teams starting quarterback. Now-a-days, Harbaugh stands on the sideline with his headset and khakis. 

Despite many eager to see Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh go at each other for the first time in this rivalry, neither will be doing the heavy lifting on the field.

"My reaction to the coach versus coach build up is, he's not going to be blocking anybody, he's not going to be tackling anybody," Harbaugh said. "I'm going to be standing on the sidelines blocking and tackling nobody."

What Harbaugh and Meyer can't deny is the instant impact both have had on their programs.

In Meyer's first season, Ohio State was coming off of a 6-6 campaign under interim head coach Luke Fickell. The Buckeyes finished the season 12-0, barred from a bowl game due to a on year postseason ban from the NCAA.

With Harbaugh inheriting a 5-7 Michigan team in 2014, one more win would double that win total just a season later.

"I can just speak for ours, it's not an individual accomplishment by any means, it's a team accomplishment," Harbaugh said. "Everybody does a little and it adds up to a lot. 

"Everything I know and everything in my professional, personal life, was experienced here at the University of Michigan, rooted here at the University of Michigan. The team, the team, the team."

Quoting his former coach Bo Schembechler, Monday Harbaugh was reminded of tales from the 1969 team that defeated No. 1 Ohio State in Ann Arbor.

Although most fans will likely remember the game, Harbaugh shared a different memory leading up to that historic day in Michigan history.

"I just read about it and heard players from the 1969 team talk about the practice, the preparation the week before the game and there was snow," Harbaugh said. "Snow falling and it was up on the banks. 

"They came in on Monday and as the story goes, Bo assembled the entire team on Monday morning at eight o'clock he called everybody down to the building and gave them shovels. They went out to the practice field and shoveled off the practice field and had banks of snow on the sideline."

Asked if the team will have their shovels out Monday, Harbaugh laughed.

"How times have changed, apparently we have some snow plows," he said. "It has not been plowed yet so if it doesn't occur in the next hour or two we might be out there with some snow shovels."

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