Jim Harbaugh has been the head coach at Michigan for four years, but he's yet to beat his program's main rival - Ohio State. One prominent ESPN analyst can't see a way that he doesn't finally notch his first win against the Buckeyes this season.
Marcus Spears appeared on Get Up! on Thursday and proclaimed that he "can't wrap his mind around" the idea that Harbaugh could lose to new head Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day. He also thinks that if Harbaugh does lose the game, he'll be on the hot seat.
It's a bold statement, to say the least. Michigan hasn't exactly been successful against Ohio State this century. The Wolverines have beaten their rival just twice in that time frame.
Here's the quote, via 247 Sports:
“Harbaugh will get it done this year,” Spears said this week on ESPN's Get Up!. “Bringing in [Josh] Gattis, Shea Patterson another year in the system, and I also believe Harbaugh is more open to letting this offense kind of be an advantage for the guys that are actually in the offense.
“I just can’t wrap around my mind that Harbaugh is going to lose to Ryan Day. If this was Urban Meyer — he’s gotten the pass because of Urban Meyer, not because of the players — because this was Urban Meyer’s team that was beating him. Now, you bring in a first-year head coach and a transfer quarterback that hadn’t seen a lot of time? You lose this game, Harbaugh will be on the hot seat at Michigan.”
Day took over for Urban Meyer after he stepped down following last season.
Michigan is hot pick for the College Football Playoff this year, but then again, the Wolverines were last year as well. In fact, they headed into The Game will a real shot at qualifying for the event. But they were blown out, 62-39, in a game that wasn't even as close as the score indicates.
It's going to be a big season in Ann Arbor. We'll see if Harbaugh can finally get it done.