Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard set to be Wolverines’ 12th man in crucial Ohio State Buckeyes football game

The Michigan football team will have their own ’12th man’ on the sidelines for Saturday’s crucial rivalry match against Ohio state: Juwan Howard.

The Michigan men’s basketball coach has said he will be at the game in Ann Arbor as the No.5 Wolverines (10-1) take on the No.2 Buckeyes (10-1) in a clash with serious implications for the college football playoffs.

“They’re going to need me there,” Howard said Wednesday after his team’s 65-54 win over Tarleton State. “I’m going to be there strong, losing my voice, because I’m coming with the energy. I don’t know if [there is] a 12th man in football, but I feel like the 12th man. “

Howard, the former Fab Five member, did not offer a scoring prediction but praised the team as they prepare for the game. Coach Jim Harbaugh is looking for his first win over the Buckeyes in Michigan after losing his first five games.

“Harbaugh and his wonderful staff, they’re getting ready,” Howard said. “I like our game plan. I haven’t seen it, but I trust it. I also love our players, led by so many outstanding young student-athletes starting with my man. [Aidan Hutchinson]. I can continue. I can name the whole list. This is how I am locked up.

“Do not abandon JJ McCarthy now. [Cade McNamara]: so solid, it’s beautiful to see. Our running back team is amazing. But the offensive line, they will play on Sunday. … They are so special and they have a great coach for that offensive line, but our defense – I’m telling you, I could go on and on – our defense is so strong.

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