ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- When it comes to preparing for Ohio State, Joe Bolden fully expects the game time atmosphere to be “hectic, crazy and electric” this Saturday when the Wolverines play host to their southern rivals.
A senior linebacker, this will be Bolden’s last crack at defeating OSU, and admits it helps having a former Michigan quarterback and now coach – Jim Harbaugh – leading the way with his past successes against the Buckeyes.
“He’s been through it, he’s experienced ‘The Game,’” Bolden said of Harbaugh. “I think he’s one of the best games a quarterback has ever played against Ohio State. So he knows what he is doing when it comes to this game.”
Michigan (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) will play host to Ohio State (10-1, 6-1) this Saturday at Noon, with the game having a different outlook from a season ago, Bolden said. In 2014, U-M entered the game against OSU with rumors swirling of then coach Brady Hoke’s immanent firing and the Wolverines needing a win to become bowl eligible.
“It’s just different, I think the whole year has been different,” Bolden said when asked to compare his 2014 to 2015. “Just guys their perspective on the game. Their enthusiasm transpires and comes form our head coach and our coaches. So just everybody’s overall demeanor and excitement about playing football, and really doing something that they love – that’s what we all came here do.”
And with the Wolverines possibly one away from making New Years Six Bowl game, Bolden credits a lot of U-M’s success this year to Harbaugh. “I think he gets a lot of credit, to really come in and change guys mindset, and really get everybody on the same page, and going in the right direction,” Bolden said of Harbaugh. “It’s quite the project with how big the operation is, and just within the players but the all of Schembechler Hall. Everything from how practice is going to scheduled, to when we are leaving on trips, where we are staying, how long we are going to be in one place. I mean, he runs it very professionally.”