Michigan Player Has Blunt Message After Opening Win

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Michigan football handled its business today against MAC foe Western Michigan. The Wolverines scored a dominant 47-14 win to open a very important season for Jim Harbaugh and his staff.

The Wolverines outgained the Broncos 551-to-310. UM dominated with 335 yards and three scores on the ground, and hit on big plays through the air, with a pair of touchdown throws of at least 69 yards. Both Cade McNamara and J.J. McCarthy looked good under center as well.

Even so, Michigan can’t settle for big wins over MAC opponents. Even when you could pencil a Harbaugh team in for nine or 10 wins in a season, winning big games have been an issue for the Wolverines, most notably bowl games and the rivalry against Ohio State, which has gone in the other direction for a decade now.

Star defensive end Aidan Hutchinson made it clear that the team isn’t getting overly excited over today’s result. “We haven’t done a damn thing,” he said postgame. “We’re not content with this at all.”

Hutchinson has been a stalwart for the Michigan defense over the last few years. He recorded four tackles and a sack today.

Things will ramp way up for the Wolverines next week. They host No. 20 Washington, one of the favorites in the Pac-12, in Week 2. That would certainly make the kind of statement that Michigan football really wants to make this season.

That game will kick off at 8 p.m. ET next Saturday. ABC has the broadcast.

[Angelique Chengelis]

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