Penn State is in a funk, and so is coach Bill O'Brien.
The second-year coach was in no mood Tuesday to break down the loss at Indiana last Saturday. Or talk about how lost scholarships impact the program and how sanctions have hurt the Nittany Lions. And don't ask why the Nittany Lions haven't developed a No. 2 receiver.
Still smarting over losing to the Hoosiers, O'Brien wanted to keep the focus on Penn State's game Saturday against No. 18 Michigan.
"I'm here to talk about Michigan," O'Brien said, "and Michigan only."
O'Brien has good reason to run from the past. The Nittany Lions (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten) are coming off a 44-24 loss to Indiana, ending a 16-game winning streak against what had been one of the conference's worst programs.
Quarterback Christian Hackenberg was 30 of 55 for 340 yards with three touchdowns. And Allen Robinson finished with 12 receptions for 173 yards and two scores.
But it wasn't nearly enough, as Penn State lost for the second time in three games.
Admired for their resiliency last season, and lauded for a solid start this season, perhaps the numbers game has smacked the Nittany Lions into cold reality.
A thin lineup — laced with underclassmen — could mean tough times are still ahead.
"I don't think, by anybody's stretch of the imagination, this is a normal Penn State team," O'Brien said after Saturday's loss. "It's 61 kids on scholarship and 40 walk-ons."
Asked about the limited scholarships on Tuesday, and how Penn State is working with the odds stacked against it, O'Brien refused to bite.
"I'm not talking about scholarships, sanctions, anything," he said. "I'm talking about Michigan. Our team is focused on Michigan."
With good reason. The Wolverines (5-0, 1-0) have survived scares against Akron and Connecticut en route toward an undefeated start that has them thinking about a Big Ten title. Michigan is a 3-point favorite and can move a step closer toward its goal of its first league title since 2004 with a win.
The Wolverines hold a 10-6 lead in the series and have won the last three meetings, including a 41-31 win at Beaver Stadium in 2010.