Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 2:09pm

Jim Harbaugh felt no need to wait for questions.

Walking into the press room Saturday afternoon, he had a “special guest” beside him and a message to deliver.

The “special guest” was junior cornerback Ambry Thomas, a man who he introduced with a few laudatory sentences. The message didn’t need any introduction.

“Obviously, that was a defensive masterpiece,” Harbaugh said, still adjusting his seat at the podium.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 9:38pm
Offensive coordinator Josh Gattis was on staff at Penn State when it went from a 2-2 start to a Big Ten championship.

Flip a few of those names around and you have the same eulogies currently being written about the 2019 Wolverines. Attribute McSorley’s quote to Jim Harbaugh or Shea Patterson after Michigan’s 35-14 loss to Wisconsin two weeks ago and no one would bat an eye.
There’s a kicker, though.
Three months later, McSorley stood on a podium in Lucas Oil Stadium, draped in confetti, triumphantly raising the Big Ten championship trophy over his head.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 5:22pm

Look past Harbaugh suggesting the Wolverines run the ball 60-plus times in a game, and you’ll see what he wants this running back group to be - balanced.

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 10:36pm
Senior guard Ben Bredeson called Saturday's game against Iowa a "measuring stick" for Michigan's offensive line.

As Michigan’s offense entered the season with sky-high expectations, every conversation was rooted in one assumption: The Wolverines would have a steady, reliable offensive line.

It was built into the widespread confidence in Shea Patterson’s growth and was the foundation behind the lack of concern in a run game that lost its top two ball-carriers.

Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 10:13pm
After allowing 359 rushing yards to Wisconsin, Michigan's defensive line bounced back against Rutgers.

Any bounce back the Wolverines provided against Rutgers was always going to be shrouded in the caveat of the opponent. While Wisconsin features one of the nation’s best offensive lines, Rutgers was always going to be overmatched by Michigan’s athleticism. Still, dominating Rutgers beats the alternative.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 4:31pm
Shea Patterson threw for 276 yards in Michigan's 52-0 win over Rutgers on Saturday.

It took all of two minutes and eight seconds Saturday afternoon.

Two minutes and eight seconds for Shea Patterson to find Nico Collins on a 48-yard touchdown down the sideline.

Two minutes and eight seconds for Collins to sprint toward his teammates, shoulder bumping Mike Sainristil and Tarik Black in celebration.

Two minutes and eight seconds for Michigan to discover its offensive groove after four vexing weeks of trying.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 5:42pm
Despite being a game in which Michigan football is favored by 27.5, the Wolverines still look to make a statement against Rutgers this Saturday.

All week, an introspective air enveloped Schembechler Hall.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh began the week by taking the blame for the Wolverines35-14 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. His players followed up by criticizing their lack of effort and physicality. Both coaches who spoke Wednesday — linebackers coach Anthony Campanile and offensive coordinator Josh Gattis — agreed the performance was unacceptable.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 9:08pm
Senior left tackle Jon Runyan was disappointed in his inability to lift the level of play along the offensive line in his return.

With the root cause of Saturday’s debacle pinpointed, Harbaugh didn’t shy away from outlining his plan for this week’s practices.

“Emphasis on physicality, emphasis on toughness and emphasis on hustle,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll make that part of the practice plan more and also playing the players that are dedicated and playing physically at all times. Get those players in the ballgame.”

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 11:19pm
Nico Collins was targeted just once in the first three quarters against Wisconsin, before finishing with 66 yards.

MADISON — Tarik Black stopped on a dime, situated himself between two defensive backs and spotted Shea Patterson’s high-arching long ball. As it fell, he leapt to wrestle the ball from both defenders, securing a 32-yard gain and moving Michigan into Wisconsin territory.

It was exactly what the Wolverines had envisioned all offseason, using their physical, talented receiving corps to invigorate a dangerous downfield passing game.

One problem: Michigan trailed 35-8 with seven minutes left, and any hope of escaping Madison with a respectable result had long since dissipated.

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 5:12pm
Michigan's defense allowed 487 total yards in its loss to Wisconsin.

MADISON — Ten days ago, Don Brown stood in front of reporters, flashing his trademark energy and easily consumable sound bites to appease an apprehensive fanbase.

Amid his playful acts and positive reinforcement, the criticism came. Michigan had given up 21 points to a pair of unranked teams at home so the question naturally followed: How are you going to stop Wisconsin?