ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The first half of Michigan’s season has been, well, as close to perfect as possible.
No. 4 Michigan is undefeated and opens the second half of the season at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against Illinois. Coming out of the bye, the Wolverines (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten Conference) realize the next six games will bring their own challenges.
The task, Michigan linebacker Mike McCray said, is to remain focused.
“Keep doing what we’re doing,” McCray said. “If everybody does their job, we shouldn’t lose a game.”
What could distract the Wolverines?
“Things outside of football,” McCray said.
Michigan’s second-half record in its last five seasons has been better than one would think, save for stumbles in 2014 and 2013.
- 2015: 4-2 — losses to Michigan State and Ohio State
- 2014: 3-3 — losses to Michigan State, Maryland and Ohio State
- 2013: 2-4 — losses to Michigan State, Nebraska, Iowa and Ohio State
- 2012: 4-2 — losses to Nebraska and Ohio State
- 2011: 4-2 — losses to Michigan State and Iowa
Now, it’s your chance to choose: What will Michigan’s second-half record be this season?