When asked if he’d guarantee a Wolverines win over Ohio State — just like Harbaugh did as a player decades ago — Higdon offered the following:
“Yeah, I do. I do,” Higdon said. “That’s how I feel. I believe firmly in my brothers, this team and this coaching staff.
“As a captain, I’ll take that stand. Why not?”
No. 4 Michigan (10-1, 8-0) can win the Big Ten East for the first time in program history and advance to the Big Ten championship game with a victory over the Buckeyes (10-1, 7-1) on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
“It’s a must-win,” Higdon said. “We’ve got some lofty goals we set for ourselves early on and they’re a team that’s standing in our way to achieve them. So we’ve got to knock them down.”
Higdon has rushed for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Wolverines, who are bidding to defeat Ohio State for the first time since 2011.
In 1986, Harbaugh guaranteed his football team would topple the Buckeyes and head to the Rose Bowl. The quarterback backed up his words as Michigan won that encounter.