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.”
The Michigan football team owns the nation’s top-ranked pass defense yet again in 2018, allowing fewer than 130 yards per game. That showed last Saturday when Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook did not complete a pass during the second and third quarters of the Wolverines’ eventual blowout win.
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.
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.
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.