J.J. McCarthy, the quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines, remained focused on winning games despite the ongoing investigation into sign-stealing within the program. McCarthy expressed his belief that sign-stealing has been a long-standing practice in college football, citing it as a norm in the sport’s landscape. He mentioned the recent scandal as a response to Ohio State’s previous legal sign-stealing from Michigan, prompting Michigan to match their level to ensure fair play.

When questioned about the scandal, McCarthy specifically highlighted Ohio State’s own sign-stealing practices. He estimated that approximately 80% of college football teams engage in sign-stealing.

Following a 27-20 overtime victory against Alabama in the 2024 Rose Bowl, McCarthy, a crucial player in the win, contributed significantly, throwing for 221 yards and three touchdowns while also gaining 25 rushing yards.

Looking ahead, Michigan, ranked No. 1, is set to face No. 2 Washington in the College Football Playoff national championship game. McCarthy aims to deliver another standout performance on Monday at NRG Stadium in Houston at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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