One of college football's great rivalries awaits Saturday, as the Michigan Wolverines will travel to Columbus, taking on C.J. Stroud and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
In Michigan's driver's seat at QB will be J.J. McCarthy, the sophomore who was still competing for snaps with Cade McNamara as recent as earlier this season.
But that time seems like an eternity ago, as the Illinois native has taken the starting job and run with it. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh furthered that narrative Monday with a ringing endorsement of McCarthy.
"Have it at!" he said. "He's got 'It.' Talk about turning water into wine, I made that comment in the summer that he has that ability."
One doesn't become a coach of the year at both the collegiate and NFL level without knowing when to instill confidence with their players. While McCarthy has momentum on his side, Saturday will still be a massive moment for the 19-year-old. The Wolverines and Buckeyes have split a pair of encounters since the 2019 season.
It will be a chance for McCarthy to cement his legacy at Michigan and bolster his stock, and as he said this past weekend, he's ready for the moment.