Anything else is irrelevant when you get into this kind of big game week.”
That comment, or non-comment, was the only time a player or coach for No. 3 Michigan (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten) was asked about No. 2 Ohio State (11-0, 8-0) and stopped short of outright praise the Buckeyes.
Saturday’s noon kickoff in Ann Arbor is a huge game, evidenced by the people U-M made available to the media on Monday. It wasn’t just Harbaugh — who will serve the third of his three-game suspension from the Big Ten for violating the league’s sportsmanship policy — but acting head coach Sherrone Moore, quarterback J.J. McCarthy, running back Blake Corum and defensive back Mike Sainristil.
Each took their turn commending the work that’s gone on in Columbus this fall.
think defensively they’re really good, offensively they’re really good,” Moore said. “For us it’s focusing on what we can control, which is preparation into the game mentally, physically and see what the outcome is after that”
So many reporters were on hand, U-M staffers brought in a platform to stagger the heights of the television cameras. McCarthy seemed to notice as he walked to the podium, smiled and said, “we’re finally here, huh?”
“This game is a championship,” Corum added at another time, when asked if he stood by his preseason comments when he said it was a ‘championship or bust’ season. “It’s the championship for the (Big Ten) East