This Saturday, the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines welcome the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes to Ann Arbor in one of the biggest games in the history of their storied rivalry.
The winner will cap off an undefeated season and punch their ticket to the Big Ten Championship Game where they will face an almost certainly overmatched Iowa Hawkeyes team.
The loser will likely be frozen out of the College Football Playoff, ending up in a New Year’s Six bowl game instead.
These stakes, Ohio State losing to Michigan the past two years, and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh serving the last game of his three-game suspension have made for a classic rivalry game.
However, with all the outside noise surrounding the game, it could be easy for Harbaugh and the Wolverines to lose focus.
Speaking to the media Monday, the ninth-year head coach and former Wolverines quarterback made it clear that all the focus is on Ohio State, not what happens next for Harbaugh or the program.
“All the focus is on Ohio State, this is where we’re at. That’s the focus. That’s part of the life lesson, to focus on the task in front of you. When you got a task in front of you, it’s a big task, you got to use every day, every hour, every minute. Plan, practice, get yourself right. Get yourself in position to go out there and play to the best of your ability,” Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh’s suspension is only valid on gameday, so he can be around the team at practice throughout the week.