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Harbaugh, Michigan prepare for FSU

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh discusses U-M's preparation for Florida State in the Capital One Orange Bowl.

Michigan arrived in South Florida late Christmas evening to nice weather and their minds already on the task at hand, preparing for Florida State in the Capital One Orange Bowl this Friday.  

“Mainly, just, preparations for how good Florida State is,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Pretty simple, we’ll have to play well to have a chance to win.”

One advantage for No. 11 Florida State (9-3) is its local fan base, however, Harbaugh isn't too concerned with local fans, he’s mostly just concerned FSU's team. 

“I think Florida State’s team is going to be the biggest factor, our team’s the biggest factor,” he said. “If we play well we’ll be darn tough to beat, if we don’t then it will be tough to win.”

But with five days to go, Harbaugh admits there is still a ways to go before No. 6 U-M (10-2) is ready to play FSU.

“Preparation has been good,” he said. “[I] feel good about where it’s at. I mean, we’re not there yet, we’re going to need good work down here.”

 Adding: “Practice has been good, been sharp. We need to get sharper and we need to get as dialed-in as we possibly can. Focus has to be great and go out and play the best game we can.”

Jake Butt – Tight End

On what stands out about Florida State’s defense:

 “They can get to the passer, create havoc and that’s something you have to be aware of. They have some really good, fast, long players that we have to be aware of too.”

Jourdan Lewis – Cornerback

On where the Capital One Orange Bowl experience ranks:

“It’s up there. The [Capital One] Orange Bowl is extremely historic and has a great tradition. I’m excited to be in a great bowl game.”

On preparation for Florida State:

“Just have to keep preparing. We have our game plan in already so we’ve just got to come down here, stay prepared, and have an intense week of practice.”

 On Florida State QB Deondre Francois:

“He can throw the ball. He’s an amazing passer. He has poise, especially for a freshman. He is a great quarterback and we have to prepare for him.”

 Chris Wormley – Defensive End

 On Florida State QB Deondre Francois:

“He’s a dual-threat quarterback, moves pretty well for himself. Maybe a little similar to J.T. Barrett in that aspect. But he’s a quarterback on his own so he has some things that he does pretty well on his own and we’re looking to stop that.


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