Sophomore corner Ambry Thomas is preparing for the Michigan-Michigan State game on Saturday.

The old adage about in-state rivalries says the implications of a loss extend far beyond a single game. Sometimes, the worst part of defeat is hearing about it until the next contest is played. Ambry Thomas is quite familiar with that concept.

Junior quarterback Shea Patterson has focused on improvement working up to Saturday's game.

Though his statline is uninspiring — just 1,311 yards and 11 touchdowns — junior quarterback Shea Patterson has improved as a game manager and became everything and more to a Michigan team that thinks it's finally over the hump and deserving of a spot in the national discussion.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh wants to take a break from the clichés surrounding the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry.

By now, you’ve probably heard Jim Harbaugh’s quote from his Monday press conference. The Michigan football coach was asked if he has given his players any directive on how to talk about the sixth-ranked Wolverines’ upcoming game with No. 24 Michigan State.


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 embraces the extra emotion of its in-state rivalry

Michigan's offensive line beat up Wisconsin's front seven to the tun of 320 rushing yards.

Week after week, when the Wolverines have been asked about the offensive line, they unanimously spoke of improvements. Saturday, those improvements were proven.

Fifth-year senior defensive end Chase Winovich declared Saturday's game the beginning of "the revenge tour."

Excepting a 75-yard, garbage time touchdown drive, Michigan held Wisconsin to 208 yards and only one score.

Junior quarterback Shea Patterson ran for 90 yards and a touchdown in Michigan's 38-13 win.

Michigan's quarterback running game sparked its offense against Wisconsin.

Quarterback Steven Threet threw for -7 yards in the first half of Michigan's 2008 game against Wisconsin.

Most Wolverines fans would prefer to erase the memory of the Rodriguez Era. But that one game can be remembered as a positive, an emotional roller coaster and a signature win that the Michigan players from that year can hang their hats on. This is the story of the largest comeback in the history of Michigan Stadium.

Sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor is an offensive threat for the Badgers, and has currently rushed for 849 of Wisconsin's 1,435 total yards throughout five games so far during the 2018 season.

The Wolverines have the chance to avenge that loss and earn a marquee win this weekend. Here’s how the Badgers and Michigan match up.