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Michigan Has Made ESPN's "Bottom 10" List This Week

Jim Harbaugh during pregame before Michigan's game.

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 03: Michigan Wolverines Head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Michigan has taken plenty of hits in the aftermath of its 35-14 loss to Wisconsin. The latest came this morning via ESPN.

Every week, ESPN's Ryan McGee updates his "Bottom 10" rankings. It is a mix of teams who are clearly among the worst in college football and underachieving Power 5 programs.

Right now, Michigan fits in the latter column. McGee has the Wolverines slotted at No. 5 on this week's list.

Arkansas at No. 10 is the only other Power 5 team in the "Bottom 10" this week.

How gross was Michigan's 35-14 loss at Wisconsin? It was so bad that the block M managed to hold on to the Coveted Fifth Spot, even during a weekend when Utah laid yet another egg at the L.A. Coliseum, Washington State blew a 32-point lead to then-7th-ranked Bottom 10 team UCLA, and the SEC suffered another slew of embarrassing losses (one of those teams is coming up later in these rankings). But in the end, those other defeats still had a little bit of "Oh no! I can't believe that!" to them. At this point in the Harbaugh era, a clunky offensive performance and a loss in a huge B1G game elicits more of an "Oh yeah. I can totally believe that."

Of course, Michigan is unlikely to stay in the "Bottom 10." In fact, when they inevitably beat Rutgers this week, the Scarlet Knights will probably take their place.

Still, the fact they are in this predicament in Year 5 of the Harbaugh Era is not a great sign. There's only one way to change the narrative surrounding the program and its head coach right now.

Win some big games, starting with Iowa next week and Penn State and Notre Dame in late-October.