Jim Harbaugh to WXYZ: Hopefully Brandon Peters returns vs. Ohio State

Posted at 3:40 PM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 22:25:16-05

Jim Harbaugh thought Michigan had a good chance to win in Madison on Saturday.

A big reason: his quarterback, Brandon Peters.

"I think Brandon's been a true tough guy. He has proven that now," Harbaugh told WXYZ's Brad Galli in their weekly one-on-one conversation. "He's gained the respect of his teammates -- without question."

Peters was knocked unconscious during the game, though, and had to leave the stadium after suffering a concussion. He remains in concussion protocol.

Harbaugh remains optimistic he will return against Ohio State this Saturday.

"Hopefully he's gonna be back this week," he said.

When Peters left in the third quarter, it coincided with Wisconsin taking a stranglehold of the game. Harbaugh saw it happening through a stretch of "11 or so plays."

"The team progressed in this ballgame. I felt like we were gonna win that ballgame. A very even game, that it was, in a tough environment, against a very good football team, I felt like our team had progressed from where we were in the Penn State game... to this week," Harbaugh said.

For more on the matchup with Ohio State and why Harbaugh sees it as such an important game for this season, watch Action News at 6 PM on WXYZ Channel 7 or on the WXYZ app. Then come back here for more video tonight.