The Ohio State head football coach met with reporters for his annual Thursday press conference, the last of the week. This time, however, the coach's answers were clipped, his voice urgent and his patience thin, as the session ended about 10 minutes earlier than previous 20-minute sessions.
Being the coach of a team going for its sixth straight victory against its primary rival will do that.
Asked if there were any injury updates, Tressel simply responded, "Everyone will be ready. That's an easy one."
Tressel said the trainers spent the least amount of time with the coaches doing over the injury report Thursday morning than they had all season. While he said he's not sure if the same goes for the amount of time the trainers have spent with the players, he said the players are still suffering from the customary bumps and bruises that come with a full season of college football.
"We're as healthy as a readiness for guys who play in the game (standpoint)," Tressel said. "I don't know if 12 straight weekends you did a poll of each person on our team – or Michigan's – and any of them would say they are as healthy as they've ever been. Everyone wants to suit up for this one."
Tressel said he was not aware that U-M running back Brandon Minor has been deemed questionable for the game but said he expects to see him out there anyway.
"It's too much fun," Tressel said. "That adrenaline is a powerful healer."
The week of practice has not felt like any regular week, the coach said, although tonight's practice will include the traditional "senior tackle."
"I'm not sure I could accurately describe it," Tressel said of the mood around practice this week. "It's different, but it's because it's special. I guess maybe I would use the word special."
That does not necessarily mean there is hatred from Tressel and the Buckeyes that is directed toward the Wolverines, however.
"That's probably a little bit strong of a word to use, most especially in athletics and maybe anytime," Tressel said.
The Buckeyes do know who they will go into battle with at both offensive tackle spots. Senior Jim Cordle will remain at left tackle, while sophomore J.B. Shugarts will be back in the starting lineup at the other end of the line. Behind them, sophomore Mike Adams and freshman Marcus Hall, respectively, should see action.