The Michigan football players who would address the media next spoke a little more freely. Four of the six hail from the state of Ohio, and for three of them, this would be their last crack at beating the Buckeyes.
The Hawkeyes handed the Wolverines their first loss of the season, damaging Michigan’s hopes of a College Football Playoff appearance. It may have taken until mid-November, but the Wolverines proved to be mortal.
Though most students had to wait in a line that wrapped around the University’s athletic campus to hear Obama speak, Harbaugh and Athletic Director Warde Manuel arrived just before Obama did and were given two of the most high-profile seats in the stadium.