Can Jim Harbaugh, Michigan win now?
When Michigan originally hired Jim Harbaugh as head coach in 2015, the Wolverines undoubtedly had visions of consistent excellence. For the most part, those hopes never really materialized in Harbaugh’s first six seasons. Sure, the Wolverines would enjoy 10-win campaigns from time to time, but they could never beat Ohio State. As such, high expectations were never met in Ann Arbor.
Last year was ultimately different. In the most recent iteration of “The Game,” Harbaugh, Aidan Hutchinson and Hassan Haskins ran all over (almost literally) the hotshot Buckeyes in a 42-27 shellacking in Ann Arbor. The win gave Michigan its first Big Ten title since 2004, and Harbaugh finally gave the Wolverines a seat at college football‘s elite table.
While Michigan and Harbaugh have an easy schedule in 2022 and no doubt want to build on that with a promising recruiting class — those sparkling results from last fall will be hard to replicate. After all, CJ Stroud is still throwing the ball for Ohio State, and you can bet a lot of the returning Buckeyes have a bad taste in their mouths after that humiliating loss.
Currently, bettors with Tipico Sportsbook have Michigan at Yes (+450) and No (-649) to reach the college football playoffs this season. Honestly, those seem like relatively…robust numbers for the Wolverines. Numbers I’m afraid I don’t agree with. Harbaugh should have jumped into the NFL while he still had the chance.
The choice : Michigan to reach College Football Playoff NO (-649), but you might want to wait for a better price later in the season.
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