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Michigan Football Quarterback Fires Back At National Narrative

Michigan football quarterback JJ McCarthy refuted this major national narrative about his Wolverines ahead of the Ohio State game.



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Oct 14, 2023; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy (9) rushes in the second half against the Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Wolverines are 11-0 (8-0 Big Ten) on the season with just one game remaining in the regular season: vs. No. 2 Ohio State. This weekend’s game between the Maize and Blue and the Scarlet and Grey will largely determine who wins the Big Ten title and makes the College Football Playoff and who goes home with a non-playoff New Year’s Six berth. This afternoon, Michigan football quarterback JJ McCarthy spoke with the media, where he refuted a major national narrative about what makes his team so successful on the gridiron. Here’s a hint: it isn’t the sign-stealing allegations, as many on social media would lead you to believe.

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Since the start of the 2021 season, Michigan football is 36-3 overall with two Big Ten titles, two wins over Ohio State, two appearances in the College Football Playoff, and more. This weekend, the Wolverines could make it three in a row against the Buckeyes, likely indicating a third straight conference championship and CFP berth once Jim Harbaugh returns next weekend.

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With the news of Connor Stalions’ sign-stealing scheme taking over the world of sports media, all anyone outside of Ann Arbor can talk about right now is whether or not Michigan football is legit this year — or any other recent season, for that matter. Earlier today, JJ McCarthy — the Wolverines’ second-year starting quarterback who is 23-1 since being named Michigan’s starter last fall — took time to refute a major national narrative that surrounds his team.

“Nobody sees the work we put in. I do believe we (U-M) work the hardest in the entire country — each and every player, and each and every coach,” the Michigan football quarterback said on Monday. “It’s so easy to look at headlines and follow a narrative, but when you’re in here (Shembechler Hall) and you see what’s going on, you wouldn’t think for a second that (Michigan football wins) for anything other than hard work, dedication, and execution.”

Michigan football is tuning out the noise as the Ohio State game approaches

This weekend, Michigan football and JJ McCarthy will play the one game that matters more than any contest that the Wolverines will play this fall: against Ohio State. “The Game,” as it’s known, has massive implications, not just for the Big Ten, but for the entire landscape of college football.

A win for the Wolverines would keep all of the team’s goals — such as a Big Ten title, CFP berth, and national championship — on the table, while a loss would essentially crush any thought of something other than a non-CFP NY6 Bowl appearance.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.