Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh currently sits atop one of the hottest seats in college football given the struggles of the last few years, particularly the COVID-impacted 2020 campaign.
CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd agrees, putting Harbaugh in the mix with other coaches across the country who have the pressure mounting on them to get the job done. On a scale of 1-to-5 with one being safest and five with the most pressure, his list sees Harbaugh coming in at a three.
“We don’t have to tell you. Michigan sent the message loud and clear: Win now,” Dodd wrote. “The 2-4 mark in 2020 tied for the worst of Harbaugh’s career. Before the season, he was the only Power Five coach with less than two years on his contract, making it difficult to recruit. The result? An incentive-ladened deal through 2025, the only factor that keeps Harbaugh from a 5. After six years of being slapped around by Ohio State, the burden is on Harbaugh, who still hasn’t so much as won a division as an FBS coach. The extension was signed in time to land a class that included five top 100 players. Now the task is developing a difference-making QB and beating OSU, neither of which Harbaugh has been able to accomplish yet. If he does, it would be one of the greatest rallies of Captain Comeback’s career. 2020 rating: 3”
Vegas has the over/under for Michigan wins this season at 7.5, so there is not a ton of faith that Harbaugh and his team will be able to win big. What will it take for his seat to cool down? We are going to find out soon enough.
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