Michigan welcomes a familiar out of conference foe on Saturday as Colorado heads to the Big House. Everyone remembers the Hail Mary that sunk the Wolverines in 1994. The good thing here is, Kordell Stewart isn't walking through the door on Saturday.
Can Michigan cruise to its third easy victory of the season? The Michigan Insider previews Saturday's game.
Last Meeting: 1997 Michigan defeated Colorado 27-3.
What a win means for Michigan: This game is another one of those 'taking care of business games.' Some fans might be worried that Colorado has beaten up on teams the previous two weeks, but a win on Saturday shows that this current team is still pretty good and shouldn't be doubted just yet.
What a win means for Colorado: A win for Colorado on Saturday will probably set the college football world on fire. Though the Wolverines are favored, this win would mean the world to Colorado and put some doubts into the Michigan fans' heads for the rest of the season.
Players to watch: For this week's players to watch, Adam Munsterteiger from Scout.com's BuffStampede.com breaks it down for us:
- On offense: "There is not one offensive player that is head and shoulders above the others but senior Sefo Liufau would probably be the best pick here. While he has never been the most consistent quarterback - especially with the intermediate throws, and decision making at times - he set the school record for career passing yards in the opener, was named Pac-12 offensive player of the week, and ranks No. 13 nationally in passing efficiency after two games. Liufau has improved as a runner during his college college and MacIntyre has said he is the toughest quarterback he has ever coached."
- On defense: D"efinitely senior Chidobe Awuzie on defense. He spends time at both nickel back and corner. His versatility and playmaking ability allows Jim Leavitt (D.C.) to make some calls he otherwise wouldn't. Awuzie was second-team all-Pac-12 last year and honestly would have been a first-team selection had Colorado won more games and garnered more respect in the conference. Elite closing speed and sure tackler."
What they're saying: Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre:
- On Harbaugh family: "I have a real connection with the Harbaugh family. My brother played for Jack Harbaugh at Western Kentucky. I know John real well, I know Jim well. When Coach Harbaugh was at Western Kentucky – my brother was playing for them – they almost dropped football. My brother was a senior in college and he called me as I was coaching at UT-Martin and he goes, 'They dropped football, I don't know what I'm going to do. It's my senior year.' Coach Harbaugh, Jack, came in and said we aren't going to let this happen. Jack and Jackie Harbaugh basically kept Western Kentucky University from dropping football. Jim and John invested money in the program. Jim would come and coach in the spring because they didn't have enough money to pay coaches. That family is credited for sure for saving football at Western Kentucky University. The other night, after our game was over, I saw some highlights of Western playing Alabama and it made me think of that whole story. I talked to my brother a couple times about it. We're all coach's kids and we grew up coach's kids. We know how much the sport means to us. For what that family did, I don't know if there's enough credit that goes out to Jack Harbaugh. They were going to drop football, then 10 years later they won the National Championship. One of the coolest things he did – I went back and looked at their football facilities and my brother goes to a lot of Western Kentucky games now – Coach Harbaugh told the young men that were seniors and that team that if they stayed and didn't leave that when they won the National Championship they would put their team picture up right beside the National Championship team picture. They have the Jack and Jackie Harbaugh Football Facility now. That picture is in there. The Harbaugh family means a great deal to the MacIntyre family because my brother wouldn't have been able to finish college there and play. It was a great experience and I don't think enough people know they truly saved a football program which is thriving now."
- On playing Michigan: "You play major college football for a reason. Any time you're playing a major program that's at the top and doing really well and you're playing on the road, there's always a little more excitement in your first road game. They understand it's how we prepare, it's not the opponent you're going to play. If you're prepared to play, then you'll be able to play as best you can and see what happens. But if you're not prepared, it doesn't matter who you're playing or how hyped up you get or how excited you get or where you're playing. It's all about preparation. They're a mature enough team now that they understand that. I don't think those are just words, I think they truly get it. They've been through the hype of going to a place to play before and not playing good because they thought they thought they'd just be excited about playing. Now they understand it's the work ethic that goes into it and being prepared."
- On Michigan as a team: "Big and athletic. They are really big and very athletic. They've got a lot of depth, they're experienced all over the field and they've got freshmen that they are throwing in there that are very athletic too. They do a very good job defensively. They do a lot of stunting, they play a lot of good man coverage. Offensively, they are able to run the ball and great at play-action pass. The quarterback can really throw the deep ball well."
Quarterback Sefo Liufau
- On Michigan game: "When you go out and play teams each week, you go out and prove to yourself and to your teammates that you're a good team. I think it's easy to be satisfied with two wins and then go out there and tell yourself that it's time to slack off. But we're so focused, especially since in the four years I've been here we haven't won a lot of games. We want to leave this program in a better state then we left it. So each game we treat with the upmost importance, and each week we want to go out and prove ourselves and prove that we can beat anyone."
- On Big House crowd: "Focus, and locking in. We need to just be consistent. When you go into a big environment like that it's easy to lose focus and to be in awe of the spectacle and of how big the place is. I'm not worried about the offense. We've been practicing on it twice this week already and we'll be ready for whatever big scene they have for us."
- On Michigan's defense: "I've seen cover one, nothing too crazy; it's not like they reinvented the wheel or anything. They're just a great defense. What they run, they run really well. It's what separates them from the first two teams that we've played this season. Being a competitor you want to play against the best. They're going to make some plays, which is the nature of the game. But we'll make some plays too and our goal is to be consistent and make more plays then they do this week."