Michigan made his debut at 5th place in this year’s College Football Playoff on Tuesday night.
The Wolverines are in control of their fortunes if they win in November, including the traditional season finale with the number 2 Ohio State.
But it was all secondary to the show this week after what Jim Harbaugh called an attack on two of his players after the Michigan game against Michigan State.
The team focused on the well-being of defensive defenders Ja’Den McBurrows and Gemon Green, who were injured in this incident, before leaving for Rutgers this Saturday in Piscataway, NJ
Harbaugh said what happened Saturday night in the tunnel at Michigan Stadium was “blatant” and traumatic for the entire program.
“An apology won’t do the trick in this case,” Harbaugh said on Monday. “They should bear serious consequences for the many people who are to blame.”
Green hired an attorney who said the graduate suffered a concussion when the Spartan hit him on the head with his helmet.
McBurrows, who was already sidelined with an ACL injury, was the victim of a video posted on the Internet that showed several Michigan players flocking to him in the tunnel.
An ugly event overshadowed Michigan (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten), breaking the streak of two losers in the competition. Blake Corum ran 177 yards and a touchdown on 33 leads to build on the Heisman Trophy campaign; now it ranks second nationally with 14 rushing touchdowns and fourth nationally with 1,078 yards.
Ahead of Wolverines’ first road game of October 8, Harbaugh agreed that it would be difficult to leave the Michigan incident behind and focus on the Rutgers.
“Yes, it was a challenge,” said Harbaugh. “It was a traumatic experience, but now we’re (ready). We will face the challenge and support our players in every possible way. “
Rutgers (4-4, 1-4) were eliminated from Minnesota 31-0, Scarlet Knights defeated fourth in five games. Michigan have won seven games in a row after Rutgers defeated Wolverines in 2014, in which Rutgers joined the Big Ten.
But since coach Greg Schiano returned to Rutgers in 2020, the Scarlet Knights have played close to Michigan. Michigan won 20-13 last season and 48-42 a year earlier.
“It has always been a difficult team to play,” said Harbaugh. “It’s a very physical team. Defense, offensive, special teams are very well trained. You say the same about Greg Schiano’s team every time you go to play with them.”
Rutgers was hampered by an unexpected foot injury that ended the season when the true returning rookie Samuel Brown V. Brown played a career match in Rutgers’ win over Indiana on October 22, scoring 101 yards and giving the green light touchdowns. But in the fourth quarter, he injured his foot and will have surgery. Without him, against Minnesota, the Scarlet Knights only managed 48 yards out of 21 leads.
“We didn’t do our best,” said Schiano. “We missed a few block combinations. We missed a few readings in the runes game. When you drop some of these RPOs, they’re not as scary for defense anymore. So it all goes hand in hand. … It is never one person. But it was certainly not effective. “
Schiano also said that Rutgers would start the game again with Gavin Wimsatt as quarterback over Noah Vedral and Evan Simon. Wimsatt, a former four-star rookie, has struggled with limited opportunities this season and completed 6 out of 17 passes for 68 yards and an interception against Minnesota.
“I think he showed what he is capable of, and now we have to be consistent on that, but it’s not just Gavin,” said Schiano. “As I talked to you before in creating a program, there are many steps. The final step is consistency as it is the most difficult step. … This is coherence and we are working on it. ” –Media at the field level