Stephen A. Smith calls Michigan football “overrated”
After Michigan’s 24-17 loss to Notre Dame on the opening weekend of college football, many critics are coming after head coach Jim Harbaugh and his program, including ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.
Before Jim Harbaugh was named Michigan’s head coach in 2015, the Wolverines had only picked up two 10-win seasons since 2004.
That simply wasn’t cutting it for one of college football’s most historic programs.
With the Wolverines needing change at the helm and Jim Harbaugh being the biggest name on the open market and a Michigan alum, it seemed to be the perfect fit.
When Harbaugh was introduced as Michigan’s 20th head coach in history, many people were already picturing the Wolverines holding up many, many championship trophies.
However, that road has taken many twists and turns.
It’s not Harbaugh’s wins and losses that has him catching heat only four years in – it’s who he’s consistently losing to.
In fact, if someone were to quickly glance over Harbaugh’s accomplishments in his short time with Michigan, they wouldn’t see a problem.
Harbaugh’s overall record is impressive at 28-11. Plus, he’s also led the Wolverines to three straight bowl games and two 10-win seasons.
Coming into his fourth year, Harbaugh had yet another chance to right his wrongs with Notre Dame on the schedule first.
It was the return of one of the nation’s oldest rivalries. It was No. 12 Notre Dame versus No. 14 Michigan; Harbaugh versus Brian Kelly; it was prime time.
All eyes were on this game.
Although Michigan was the team ranked lower, it was Notre Dame who was the underdog.
Notre Dame had question marks surronding their strongest point of last season, their offensive line. Two of their former offensive lineman – Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey – are now in the NFL.
Michigan was bringing in a top-3 paid coach in Harbaugh, arguably the best defense in the nation, and what was said to be an improved offense with transfer quarterback Shea Patterson leading the way.
Even with all glam and improvements made, Michigan failed to beat yet another ranked opponent, falling 24-17 to the Fighting Irish.
With the dissapointing loss in South Bend, Harbaugh is now 2-8 (0-4 on the road) versus top-15 teams and 1-6 against Michigan’s biggest rivals – Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan State.
On top of that, Harbaugh is now riding a 4-game losing streak, and he is 8-8 in his last 16 games.
It’s not hard to see why Stephen A. Smith and many others are calling out Michigan.
Also making head waves after the loss, former Michigan wide receiver and current Big Ten analyst Braylon Edwards went to Twitter to call his alma mater “trash”.
It’s only one game into the new season. but it seems to be a different year with similar problems for Harbaugh and company.
Michigan will likely roll over Western Michigan next week and get back on track. But we all expect Michigan to beat teams that don’t match up on paper, it’s the ranked opponents and big games the majority will evaluate Harbaugh on.