Jim Harbaugh isn’t dwelling on last season’s overtime loss to rival Ohio State negatively entering the 2017 season.
In fact, Harbaugh went as far as to call it a “good” thing that helped motivate the Wolverines moving forward on Tuesday.
Ohio State defeated Michigan, 30-27, despite trailing 17-7 late in the second half. Harbaugh has yet to defeat the Buckeyes since returning to his alma mater in 2015, despite holding a 13-2 record against all other Big Ten opponents during that span.
Both teams enter the upcoming season with high expectations. According to Vegas Insider, Ohio State has the second-best preseason odds to make the College Football Playoff in 2017 at 15-to-1. The Buckeyes only trail Alabama as favorites, as the Tide is considered 3-to-1.
Michigan has improved each season since Harbaugh’s arrival, but will have the difficult task of replacing the majority of their starters on both sides of the football, including 10 on defense.
Still, the Wolverines have many blue chip prospects returning from Harbaugh’s first three recruiting classes that should keep them in national contention.