For one more yr, Michigan petered out as the top of the season below Jim Harbaugh. An embarrassing 41-15 loss to Florida within the Peach Bowl ensured a 3rd consecutive bowl loss and a 3rd consecutive Zero-2 near the marketing campaign.
Ann Arbor is changing into Groundhog Day, and Harbaugh is popping into Phil Connors. Championships are flirted with, however these goals die in painful trend come late November. The Ohio State hangover lasts into bowl season.
This program has constantly shrunk below the brilliant lights. The hunt for a top-10 win stays. For now, although, there’s solely the information that crucial video games are bringing probably the most lackluster effort.
In 2016, the Wolverines went into Columbus because the No. Three-ranked workforce within the nation earlier than shedding in extra time, then fell to Florida State within the Orange Bowl. Final season. Michigan choked away a result in South Carolina within the Outback Bowl. This yr’s excessive hopes had been dashed when the perfect protection within the nation went AWOL.
Michigan surrendered 108 factors in its first seven video games. That unit surrendered 103 within the remaining two video games. Certain, starters had been sitting out. However there must be some accounting for satisfaction.
And similar to that, Harbaugh’s fourth yr at Michigan ended. With one other whimper. The whispers will persist and demand he’ll search greener pastures.
Probably? He’ll be again within the maize and blue, using an elevated rating and powerful media backing. These late-season collapses are usually forgotten the opposite 11 months of the yr.