BIG TEN PREVIEWS: Michigan aims to prove itself in East division

KLKN Sports Staff

CHICAGO – Michigan is hoping to make a slash in the Big Ten East this season. 

The Wolverines have yet to finish higher than third in the division since Jim Harbaugh took over the program. 

Michigan went just 4-5 in the conference last season.

"I mean obviously 8-and-5 coming out of the east, finishing third or fourth or whatever it is, not too many people are going to respect that, coming out of an 8-5 season," Tyree Kinnel, a senior safety, said. "They might respect the name of Michigan but they don’t respect us individually."

Harbaugh refuses to admit he is on the hot seat though as he just wants to look ahead to this season. 

"It’s probably better not to live in the past, you know?" Harbaugh said. "Probably better to get on to next and this season. No need to compare it to last season in any fashion or any year before that and it’s going to be its own season."

Michigan opens the season at Notre Dame on Saturday, Sept. 1.