No. 19 Michigan Wolverines football team prepares for tough test hosting No. 14 Iowa Hawkeyes
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
ANN ARBOR — Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines have a chance to change the conversation.
The Wolverines were humiliated at Wisconsin, giving up five touchdowns before scoring late in the lopsided game. Michigan bounced back with a feel-good win over Rutgers, but beating a team struggling so much it fired its coach isn’t going to make anyone forget what happened against the Badgers.
If Harbaugh can help the 19th-ranked Wolverines beat No. 14 Iowa on Saturday at home, however, it would be a sign that perhaps all is not lost for them this season.
“It’s just another test to show who we are,” running back Tru Wilson said Monday. “They’re all must-wins at this point.”
To reach the team’s lofty goals, and at least some preseason predictions, that is probably true.
Michigan (3-1, 1-1 Big Ten) started the season with what seemed like a legitimate shot to win a conference championship for the first time since 2004 to end the longest drought in school history. Some projected Harbaugh’s fifth team with the Wolverines to be contenders for their first national title since 1997.
Getting routed at Wisconsin changed what people were saying outside the program.
Inside Schembechler Hall, coaches and players say their goals have not changed.
“It’s a long season,” Wilson said. “It’s one loss. It’s happened to us before. It’s happened to other teams before where they’ve gone on and done great things after an early season loss.”
The Wolverines got a boost of confidence by beating the Scarlet Knights 52-0, but Harbaugh and the players aren’t interested in celebrating the victory with tougher tasks ahead.