It is no secret I am a die hard Michigan fan who lives in Ohio. Yes, I catch a lot of grief. It has been hard being a Michigan fan and standing by my team the last 10 plus years. Especially through the Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke eras. Now, it is Jim Harbaugh’s era.
There is no denying that Jim Harbaugh has been the talk around college since he was hired and debuted as Michigan’s Head Football Coach on December 30, 2014. Michigan got their man, and Harbaugh returned home to Ann Arbor. He took the college football world by storm.
In his first year at the helm in Ann Arbor he put together a 10 win season and quickly raised the program to a national contender. The first season wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows though, as they did suffer some heart wrenching defeats. None worse then at the hands of in state rival Michigan State. With 10 seconds left in the game Michigan faced a forth down. The rest is history. Michigan’s punter fumbled the snap, and in desperation tried to punt it away while being tackled. The ball fell into the hands Jalen Watts-Jackson, who returned it 38 yards for a touch down with no time left, and a 27-23 victory for the Spartans.
Harbaugh took on the almighty SEC and Nick Saban with his satellite camps . It was no secret that Saban was not happy at their use, or really the fact that Harbaugh was recruiting in his own backyard. Say what you want about Harbaugh and Michigan, but it worked.
Harbaugh was able to put together the 6th best recruiting class in the Nation in 2016. He signed 7 players in the top 101 recruits in the country. Without a doubt, the best signee was overall number 1 recruit Rashan Gary of New Jersey.
Now in his second year Harbaugh and Michigan seem to be poised to make a run at the college football playoffs and a national title. Michigan is currently 6-0 and ranked #3 in the country. They seem to be on collision course with #2 Ohio State on November 26, with a Big 10 Championship and a spot in the college playoffs hanging in the balance.