Michigan has no interest in scoreboard watching, but Wolverines do need Big Ten title help
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan officially lost control of its own Big Ten championship destiny two weeks ago during a flameout performance in Lincoln, Neb.
And now, at 4-1 in conference play, the Wolverines are going to need some help to make their way to Indianapolis.
But will they be scoreboard watching over the next three weeks?
"I've never focused on scores my whole life," Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan said. "In high school we played in a state championship game, we were getting killed and I had no idea. It was the fourth quarter and I was like 'guys, we got this, we got this.'
"Then I look up and it's 38-0, and I'm like 'alright, I guess we don't got this.' I've never been one to watch scores."
Quite simply, Michigan needs Nebraska to lose another game in order to leapfrog the Cornhuskers for first place in the Legends Division.
Nebraska hosts Penn State on Saturday, hosts Minnesota in two weeks and travels to Iowa to close out the season. Michigan, meanwhile, gets two home games against Northwestern and Iowa before finishing up at Ohio State.
But even if Nebraska slips up, Michigan has to keep winning.
And right now, that's more important than anything.
“We’ve always been a team that I think has worried about us," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. "I don’t know if we’ve been a team that’s looked ahead. I don’t think we can really worry about things we can’t control, and that’s kind of how we approach it.”
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was very blunt after the Cornhuskers lone league loss to Ohio State earlier this season, saying his team had to win out to get to Indianapolis.
With three games left in the season, Michigan's taking the same approach.
"We have to win out," Michigan quarterback/wide receiver Devin Gardner said. "That's it.
"We have to win every game."