Gameball: Jim Harbaugh, Head Coach
A few weeks ago I gave coach Harbaugh a gameball after the team’s 38-0 win over Northwestern (then ranked #13). This week I am again awarding coach Harbaugh the gameball. Jim Harbaugh has Michigan back in the national talks. This week Michigan hosts the school from Ohio, in what should be a game for the ages. “The Game”, finally seems to have some meaning again. Harbaugh vs. Meyer…Chapter 1. Heck, had our little brother not gone and messed everything up last week, we would be playing for a spot in the Big Ten Championship game (which we still are if Penn State finds a way to knock off Sparty).
Quarterback Jake Rudock has been very successful through the air this season, particularly the past few weeks. Coach Harbaugh has molded Rudock into the leader that he is for Michigan. The quarterback is the centerpiece for every offense, but even more so in a Jim Harbaugh offense. After playing quarterback for the Wolverines, and later in the NFL, coach Harbaugh brings years of experience to Ann Arbor. Sure there were some great plays made this past Saturday, but the biggest play was seeing Harbaugh throwing his hat, headset, and of course, his puffy jacket. Nothing gets me more fired up than a good ole Harbaugh tantrum, and I know the Michigan players feel the same way. The truth is, there are some others who could easily be awarded a gameball this week, but I am choosing to give it to coach Harbaugh. He had these boys ready to play this weekend, and they never lost sight of that Big Ten championship. It would’ve been real easy for the team to fold after the fluke loss to Michigan State, but here we are at the start of OSU week, with 9 wins on the season.
Coach Harbaugh has completely flipped the city of Ann Arbor around in less than a year, and I can’t wait to watch him, and the rest of the Wolverines destroy the Buckeyes this weekend! Go Blue!