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Ben Bredeson on Ohio State: ‘We’ve been taking this game personally all year’

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The Wolverines have not forgotten 62-39.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 25 Ohio State at Michigan Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Offensive guard Ben Bredeson is a senior and a captain for this current iteration of the Michigan Wolverines. That means he is currently 0-for-3 against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

That also means he was part of the 62-39 drubbing in Columbus last year.

Heading into a matchup that pits a dominant Buckeyes squad up against his resurgent team, Bredeson wants to make it very clear where his mind is at heading into Saturday’s edition of The Game.

“If we go into this game thinking we’re going to lose, it’s not worth going out there,” Bredeson said on Monday. “We don’t look at the years past, we’re just focused on the year. I like the way we’re matched up, I have faith in our team. Looking forward to Saturday.”

Bredeson came to Michigan to be on a stage like this. It has gone south against Ohio State each time his team has gone up against them, but the message remains the same.

”Really, I just love playing in these big games,” Bredeson said. “We’ve said that before. There’s not a bigger stage in college football than Ohio State-Michigan. I think that’s why we all come to these perspective schools. To play championship football and play each other, the greatest rivalry in college football.”

Forget about the other side of the rivalry. Forget the stats. Forget what Vegas says and what people are saying about the Wolverines. There’s only one thing that Bredeson says his team is worried about this week.

“We just focus on ourselves,” Bredeson said. “We know how big this game is. We know what it means to us. We’ve been taking this game personally all year, we’ve been preparing for it since last year. Very excited to finally have that chance to go play. I think this is a huge part of both of our programs.

“I think any time you beat Ohio State or they beat us, it’s considered a good season for their prospective schools. Obviously, there’s other games on the schedule but this one is the most important.”

Saturday’s game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor is set for a noon kickoff and will be broadcast nationally via FOX.