Monday, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh addressed the media. Though the Wolverines are coming off a bye week, Harbaugh didn’t lack the usual analogies that come with his weekly press conferences.
When asked about Joe Bolden’s ejection during the Michigan State game, he decided to make a quick comparison.
"I’m not into the ‘If this, if that,’ type of scenario," Harbaugh said. "If worms had machine guns, then birds would be scared of them. We’re looking to find our season over the next number of games that we play."
The Wolverines don’t know what their future holds, but Harbaugh is excited for a trophy game against a Gophers squad that is a "good team in all phases" and that has a "fantastic" coach in Jerry Kill.
"It’s one of the great trophies, I think," Harbaugh said. "I’ve always remembered it that way. We’ll approach it the same way. We want it."
Added linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone: "I feel bad for Minnesota. We're going to be coming out with a lot of energy now."
Harbaugh also knows for certain that runningback Drake Johnson will be ready to go Saturday. Johnson has been limited the past two games against Northwestern and Michigan State due to an undisclosed injury.
Johnson made an impact against Maryland, where he carried the ball 13 times for 71 yards and tallied two touchdowns.
Wide receiver Brian Cole, on the other hand, is still some time away from returning. Cole was injured in week three against UNLV.
Harbaugh was asked about the specifics of his preparation, but gave limited insight on how his team has been practicing.
"We were game planning," Harbaugh said. "It was probably 50/50. 50 percent on the next opponent, 50 percent on individual technique, fundamentals and football."
"We’re doing something very special. A dirty four-letter word. W-O-R-K."