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Jim Harbaugh Is Rooting For Ohio State This Saturday

Jim Harbaugh talks about Rutgers trash talk during halftime of their game during a press conference.

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Given Michigan's last-second loss to Michigan State earlier this year, the Wolverines will need to finish with fewer losses in-conference than the Spartans to claim the Big Ten East crown. That means that for Michigan to have a shot, Michigan State needs to lose either at Ohio State this Saturday or at home against Penn State in two weeks. 

UM head coach Jim Harbaugh was asked earlier this weekif he'll be rooting for the Buckeyes against the Spartans on Saturday. He basically ignored the question. Thursday morning, he was asked again, this time on Detroit radio show Stoney & Bill. This time around, he made it clear that he'd be rooting for whatever is "best" for Michigan - which, clearly, means he's rooting for his program's arch-rival.

">November 19, 2015

">November 19, 2015

">@stoney16 for saying he can't root for OSU because of hate: "why would you associate the word hate with collegiate sports?!"

— angelique (@chengelis)

Harbaugh scolds @stoney16 for saying he can't root for OSU because of hate: "why would you associate the word hate with collegiate sports?!"

— angelique (@chengelis) November 19, 2015

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">November 19, 2015

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Obviously, Michigan fans are in a bind here. If Ohio State can knock off Michigan State Saturday, Michigan needs to just win out to claim the Big Ten East. That being said, it involves rooting for the team they hate.

Is Harbaugh breaking an unwritten rule by rooting for Ohio State? Or is this acceptable given the circumstances?