ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A third of the way into the 2021 season, it’s about to reach the first crescendo for Michigan football.© Provided by SMG Things couldn't be worse for the Huskies right now. They just lost to an FCS school after being favored by 22.5 points, and they lost yet another receiver, Ja'Lynn Polk, who will miss the rest of the year. A few departures and injuries could have been a significant reason that Washington played so horrible on offense. The top three receivers on the depth chart were all out -- Terrell Bynum, Rome Odunze, and Jalen McMillan -- and they are now listed as day-to-day. If none of them play against Michigan, then the Huskies are down to just four scholarship players at the receiver spot. The biggest thing is, Michigan can't come out overconfident and take Washington lightly. They are still a big program, who should be fighting for a Pac-12 title this season. The Huskies have plenty of experience back as well with Dylan Morris at quarterback, and they returned all five of their starting offensive lineman. Jim Harbaugh said it best when asked about the loss to Montana: "It's not relevant." Just last season, Washington was ranked as the 8th-best overall team in terms of efficiency, according to PFF. They also ranked 23rd and 27th on offense and defense respectively from PFF. This once big-time matchup may have lost some luster, but it's still a big game to both programs. The coaching staff needs to make sure that the Wolverines are fully ready for a Washington team that is coming into the Big House wanting to avenge that opening loss.
Though the final stretch of the season is the most difficult, playing at Penn State, at Maryland, and then hosting Ohio State, the Wolverines just opened the Big Ten slate against Rutgers, but goes to Madison to take on Wisconsin — where it hasn’t won since 2001 — before a prime time matchup at Nebraska.
Despite the struggles in the second half against Rutgers, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh seems optimistic about his team’s chances, but notes that playing at Wisconsin will really test the resolve of these current Wolverines.
Here is everything Jim Harbaugh said in his Week 5 press conference.
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