The Ohio State football team has dominated ‘The Game’ for years. Not a surprise Jim Harbaugh is frustrated with that situation.
With the Ohio State football team’s winning streak in “The Game” it’s to be expected Jim Harbaugh has to be frustrated. Here are things the head coach had to say about the situation as reported by 247Sports.
“Yeah, we gotta beat Ohio State,” he said Wednesday during an interview with Mike Tirico on NBC Sports’ ‘Lunch Talk Live, via 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit.’ “Nothing makes us angrier than that, or me. That’s what we’re working toward every day. We’ve beaten everybody else, but we haven’t beaten them.
“And that’s what we have to do: beat them, win a (Big Ten) championship, get ourselves in the playoffs, win a national championship.”
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When you crunch the numbers you will see why coach Harbaugh is frustrated, but just imagine how Michigan fans feel.
From 2001 through 2014 the Buckeyes were 12-2 against the Wolverines, but the 2010 win was vacated. After the 2014 season Urban Meyer was 3-0 in The Game and Ohio State was coming off a national championship season.
The powers that be at Michigan reached out to a favorite son to stop the slide. Jim Harbaugh was a terrific quarterback who performed well in the big rivalry, and had success coaching at Stanford and in the NFL.
Fans thought Jim would stop Urban’s dominance, the Wolverines would win Big Ten Championships and make the College Football Playoff. That didn’t happen as Harbaugh lost four straight games to Meyer before he retired. And the last loss was by a score of 62-39.
Things were supposed to change in 2019 though. Many had Michigan winning The Game and the Big Ten Championship because Ohio State had a new head coach and a quarterback who had yet to start a game at the college level.
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The Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines 56-27 in Ann Arbor, won the Big Ten Championship and made the playoff. Coach Harbaugh couldn’t beat Urban and is now 0-1 against Ryan Day.
It’s not like he hasn’t had success as the Michigan head coach. His record the first 11 games of the season during his five years at the helm is 46-9. It’s just that fact he hasn’t defeated Ohio State that matters.
And when you add the losses to the Buckeyes and the four straight bowl losses his teams are 1-9 the last two games of the season. That’s as many losses as the first 11 games of each of the five seasons combined.
Apparently the frustration of constantly losing to Ohio State not only affects Jim Harbaugh but his players as well with the poor bowl record. I can only imagine Michigan fans are frustrated as well.