Quick hits from Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh’s weekly news conference today in Ann Arbor. No. 3-ranked Michigan (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) visits No. 2 Ohio State (10-1, 7-1) at noon Saturday (ABC).
Harbaugh kept things short with most questions this week.
• Asked to describe to Ohioans who he is, Harbaugh said, “Not crazy.”
• Harbaugh said competition with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is “unique in that it’s at the highest level. Urban’s at the highest level.”
• On facing Ohio State and what’s at stake: “It’s a great opportunity and a tremendous challenge."
• Harbaugh had no update on the status of injured quarterback Wilton Speight. He also did not address whether John O’Korn will start against Ohio State. “It’s a day-to-day process and evaluation,” Harbaugh said. Harbaugh said Speight has gotten better every day but added that he’s not a doctor: “To my eye, he’s looked better every day.”
• On Jabrill Peppers: “Explosive as an athlete. You see it, you feel it. ... He runs by you and you feel it, the wind.”
• On senior safety Dymonte Thomas: “He’s a very good player. Always has been.”
• On why he looks forward to the rivalry with Ohio State: “The competition. That’s the best part of it.”
• On whether he has a favorite memory of the rivalry: “No.”
• On the game week in 1986 and his guarantee of a win, he said he doesn’t remember much. He said the guarantee “did happen. And the outcome of the game, I remember. A long time ago.”
• "Feel like we’re ready to go to battle in a football-fight way. Ready to lead them.”
• On what makes Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett tough to defend: “Slippery. … Times he will put the ball in the tightest of windows. The heady plays he makes, the athletic plays he makes. ... He’s an outstanding player.”