Year two is in the books for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. What’s his next step as the head honcho for the Wolverines?
10 wins, 3 losses. In back-to-back seasons, the Michigan Wolverines finished the season 10-3.
In year one, the record was celebrated. Michigan lost early to Utah on the road, watched Michigan State do the improbable and got beat down by Ohio State in the second half of a game they were predicted to lose. The Wolverines returned to pummel the Florida Gators in the Citrus Bowl to start the New Year, and all was well in the world.
In year two, expectations skyrocketed to heights unimaginable from day one of training camp. Michigan lived up to them for the most part, dominating early, and often. The Wolverines looked like one of the better – if not the best – team in the nation for most of the season.
But when the squad traveled to Iowa for its first true road test, it all seemed to fall apart. Two weeks later Michigan dropped in heart-breaking fashion to Ohio State on the road. College Football Playoff hopes were crushed, and fans were left disappointed in Michigan’s New Year’s Six bid to play Florida State in the Orange Bowl. Then it got worse; Michigan came out looking like the most unprepared team in the country and got dominated in the first half. Somehow, the Wolverines rallied to take a late lead, only to watch it fade on the Seminoles’ final drive.
Game over, season over, on to year three.