Michigan junior tight end Jake Butt says he believes Saturday's match-up with Ohio State will be big for Coach Jim Harbaugh.

Michigan junior tight end Jake Butt says he believes Saturday's match-up with Ohio State will be big for Coach Jim Harbaugh.

Jim Harbaugh's answer has remained the same this season when asked if one game is bigger than another.

And to Harbaugh and Michigan's credit, the Wolverines have done a good job of treating each week like a mini season, never focusing too much on a rivalry or ranked opponent over an unranked foe.

But there's no denying that even without the Big Ten east division title on the line, when Ohio State steps inside the big house Saturday afternoon it's expected to have a different feel, especially for Harbaugh, who actually played in this rivalry 30 years ago.

"I think it will be," Butt said. "We're going to treat it like every other week but I think it's going to mean a lot for him to be back here coaching us in this game."

This of course will be Harbaugh's first chance to coach from the sideline in this game, also the first opportunity for senior quarterback Jake Rudock, a transfer from Iowa.

And if Michigan hopes to pick up the first win over Ohio State since the 2011 season, the Wolverines will need the Rudock that has taken the field each of the last three weeks.

Rudock is the only Michigan quarterback ever to throw for at least 250-yards in three straight games, also breaking a Michigan record with six touchdown passes at Indiana.

More importantly, Rudock has thrown just six interceptions since throwing three in the season opening loss to Utah.

"I think we've all stuck by Jake, we knew what he was capable of and we trusted him," Butt said. "Not all those turnovers were his fault either, it's a team effort most of the time. 

"We knew Jake had the talent it was just more so building that level of comfort with everyone and trusting him. It's hard to do that in the time he was given. I think he's proven as the season has gone on he's shown he's real comfortable with all of us."

Not only is Rudock proving capable with his play, the leadership on and off the field is worth noting as well.

Although, most of the time his teammates prefer to rib him for being a 22 year old, 40 year old, man.

"He just acts like a dad and I'm not mad about it either," Butt said with a smile. "He's a calm, soft spoken guy, doesn't ever too excited, doesn't ever get too down or anything like that. He's kind of everything you look for in a quarterback."


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