Stay positive, test negative. That’s been the mantra inside Michigan’s Schembechler Hall for months, the one Jim Harbaugh keeps repeating and players have taken to heart. And with the Big Ten season ready to kick off this weekend, at long last, that’s not about to change. Even when it comes to hugging mom and dad.
Saturday night, the 18th-ranked Wolverines will begin their season under the lights at No. 21 Minnesota. ESPN’s College GameDay will be in town to hype the opener, but the crowd at TCF Bank Stadium will be limited to players’ immediate families. And even then, they probably won’t see much of each other. Maybe a little time together after the game, but not much more than that.