Saturday will be nothing new for Ed Warinner. In fact, there’s not much anymore that is new for Warinner. Michigan’s offensive line coach remembers coaching as a graduate assistant in the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry “30-something years ago.”
It was hard to walk into Schembechler Hall on Monday afternoon without becoming suffocated by the hoards of media members and television cameras lining the room. This week, the vibe was noticeably different.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh walked in and took the podium. His answers were terse. His tone was monotonous. There were no injury updates ahead of Michigan State. There was no discussion of the gameplan, retrospectively nor predictive. Sophomore fullback Ben Mason may or may not be injured. Junior defensive lineman Rashan Gary may or may not play.
No. 15 Wisconsin comes to Michigan Stadium to face off against No. 12 Michigan, in the first leg of a season-defining three-game stretch for the Wolverines. Chances are, your opinion of this Wolverines team will change drastically by Sunday morning, one way or another.
Maryland will be the most complete team the Wolverines have faced since Notre Dame, and thus an adequate tune-up ahead of the daunting four weeks that loom on the horizon. The Daily breaks down what to expect in this week’s Big Ten bout.
After Saturday’s 20-17 comeback win over Northwestern — a game in which fifth-year senior defensive end Chase Winovich registered nine tackles, three tackles-for-loss and a sack, and more broadly, was relentless — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said it was one of the best games of Winovich’s career.