“Throw out the records,” said Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh early Monday afternoon, a wry smile subtly forming on his face. “There’s a cliché you can use when you play this type of game.”
Whether he believes that or not — his team staring down the barrel of a bout against 4-5 Michigan State on Saturday — matters little. This is a week that annually breeds the kind of teeth-gritting clichés of coachspeak, muttered monotonously and meaninglessly. Respect for the opponent. The importance of rivalry games. All business.