ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has been one of Michigan’s biggest critics during the Jim Harbaugh era. But amid their 7-0 start, he’s seemingly relaxed his opinion on them. So is he ready to declare that the Wolverines are a College Football Playoff contender?
On Wednesday’s edition of Get Up, Finebaum made it clear that he still doesn’t trust Harbaugh to get the job done. He compared trusting Harbaugh to make the Playoff to giving a telemarketer your social security number – something you just wouldn’t do.
“No, it is not,” Finebaum said, via 247Sports. “You said a minute ago going to the break, ‘Do I trust Jim Harbaugh?’ Let me ask you a question. If a telemarketer called you this afternoon and said, ‘Hey, Greeny, you mind giving me your social security number?’ No, I don’t trust Jim Harbaugh. And you wouldn’t give the telemarketer your number. I’ve got to see it to believe it and I haven’t seen it since he’s been there. It is not about Michigan State Saturday. It’s about Ohio State. He can’t beat Ohio State.”
Michigan play No. 8 Michigan State this Saturday, where the winner will be the only remaining unbeaten Big Ten team. But even in the Wolverines beat their in-state rivals, they still have a gauntlet of Big Ten foes to go through.
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After playing Michigan State, Michigan will have to play Penn State on November 13 and have potential trap games against Indiana and Purdue. But the big one is The Game.
Michigan have not beaten Ohio State in nearly a decade. The losses have been increasingly embarrassing through the years, many of them being double-digit blowouts.
Paul Finebaum is right about one thing: Michigan is going nowhere fast without beating the Buckeyes.
But is he wrong to doubt Jim Harbaugh’s ability to get the job done?