Michigan didn’t have to worry about getting video of Hawaii — the Rainbow Warriors opened the 2016 season on TV against Cal this past Friday.
But when Hawaii wanted to get a scrimmage video of Michigan, it got rebuffed, as Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich said in a video released on the team’s Facebook page.
“With them not having a game and us having a game, we asked if they would send us their scrimmage, but they wouldn’t,” Rolovich said. “So, I’m sure they got our game on us. I’m sure they found our game somewhere or at least got it on TV and watched it. So they’ll have a little idea of what we do, where there’s a little bit uncertainty on our side.”
Rolovich thought Michigan’s decision is due to the Wolverines trying to keep their quarterback choice a secret. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has said not only has he decided on his starting QB, but that the entire team knows. But he’s declined to share the information for “public consumption.”
“I guess they’re trying to hide the quarterback for a reason,” Rolovich said. “I guess it’s a little bit of a strategery and maybe something for us to talk about, but there’s enough to worry about than us worrying about who the quarterback’s going to be. Anything can happen in 60 minutes. The ball’s funny shaped and bounces funny sometimes.”
Though Hawaii is a 40-plus point underdog at Michigan, Rolovich pointed to one possible edge: Hawaii has already played a game and eliminated any first-game jitters.
Hawaii will play at Michigan this Saturday, with kickoff set for noon EST on ESPN.