Jim Harbaugh: ‘Doesn’t get any bigger’ than Michigan vs. Ohio State
Ohio State has won six straight against Michigan and 13 of the last 14 overall.
Michigan (10-1, 8-0 Big Ten) earned a share of the Big Ten East Division title with its win over Indiana last Saturday and would earn a spot in the Big Ten championship game for the first time by defeating Ohio State on Saturday in Columbus. A win also would keep Michigan in the national playoff hunt.
Harbaugh, in his fourth season as head coach at Michigan, has yet to beat Ohio State, although the Wolverines narrowly lost in double-overtime, 30-27, in a controversial finish at Ohio Stadium two years ago.
He was asked during the Big Ten coaches’ call on Tuesday where this Michigan-Ohio State game ranks for him and the program.
“It’s big, just the way it always has been, is now and always will be,” Harbaugh said. “I know a lot of people are playing big games. Gee, that was a big game last night (Rams-Chiefs). They’re calling it the best regular-season NFL game ever. You saw the way those guys were playing and competing.
“A lot of high schools are playing state championship games. Other college teams are playing huge rivalry games and to us, this is as big as it gets. Doesn’t get any bigger. It’s the most important thing in our football lives for the whole 365 days. It’s that big.”
What would it mean for Harbaugh as Michigan’s coach to beat Ohio State?
“It would mean so much,” he said. “So much to our team and everybody that’s for us. Know how important it is to everybody that’s us.”
Brown a semifinalist
Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown, whose defense is ranked No. 1 nationally, is one of 15 semifinalists for the Broyles Award, given to the top college football assistant.
This list, revealed Tuesday, will be narrowed to five finalists and the winner will be announced Dec. 4. Winners from the previous five seasons are not eligible for the Broyles.
BROYLES AWARD SEMIFINALISTS
Alabama-Birmingham: David Reeves, defensive coordinator
Alabama: Michael Locksley, offensive coordinator
Army: Jay Bateman, defensive coordinator
California: Tim DeRuyter, defensive coordinator/OLBs
Central Florida: Glen Elarbee, offensive line
Clemson: Jeff Scott, co-offensive coordinator/WRs
Georgia: Sam Pittman, offensive line
Louisiana State: Dave Aranda, defensive coordinator
Michigan: Don Brown, defensive coordinator
Mississippi State: Bob Shoop, defensive coordinator/safeties
Notre Dame: Chip Long, offensive coordinator
Oklahoma: Bill Bedenbaugh, co-offensive coordinator/OL
Utah State: David Yost, offensive coordinator/QBs
Washington State: Tracy Claeys, defensive coordinator
West Virginia: Jake Spavital, offensive coordinator/QBs