Everybody’s trying to collapse the pocket on Jim Harbaugh.
“Michigan hasn’t beaten Ohio State in six seasons. How much pressure do you feel to change that this year?’’ one interrogator asked him at Big Ten Media Day.
“You’re 1-5 against Michigan State and Ohio State,’’ another one said. “What do you have to do this year to demonstrate to the Michigan community that you are on the path to achieving what they hired you to achieve?’’
Harbaugh, who operates in his own realm, is used to this stuff. He glazes over and replies, “We need to improve. And that will lead to success.’’
I’m guessing he’d like to give these now-bold critics a stiff arm. The best way to do that, though, is to win. And that’s why, despite all the gloom and doom, I’m expecting the Wolverines to be tough this fall.
My favorite summation of Michigan woes comes from numbers-cruncher Phil Steele. Despite being ranked as high at 12th in 2015, 2nd in 2016 and seventh last year, the Wolverines “have finished no higher than third place in the Big Ten East!’’
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