Paul Finebaum weighs in on Ohio State-Michigan impact on CFB Playoff, Jim Harbaugh's future
The biggest game of the year for Ohio State and Michigan is on the horizon. There don’t need to be any implications on the line to juice up one of the best rivalries in college football, but a little added pressure never hurts.
A division title doesn’t hang in the balance like it did a year ago for the two teams, but Ohio State is attempting to solidify its spot in the College Football Playoff and Jim Harbaugh is trying to get his first victory in The Game as a head coach. There are plenty of storylines heading into Ann Arbor.
Monday morning, during his weekly appearance on WJOX RoundTable, Finebaum weighed in on the impact the outcome of The Game could have on the College Football Playoff picture, as well as Harbaugh’s future at Michigan.
“It would be a tremendous win. Again, Harbaugh was written off a couple of weeks ago, and I know, because I did,” Finebaum said, talking about a win for Michigan. “It would be more important to him than in the College Football Playoff scheme. I think that game would be seen as as good a loss as you could have for Ohio State. So, I think the Penn State game was the critical game for Ohio State.”
Finebaum couldn’t help but take a jab at Harbaugh before rounding out his comments on The Game.
“Harbaugh beats to his own drummer. If he wins this game, he’s probably good for five years of up and down and mostly mediocre football,” Finebaum said.
Harbaugh enters Saturday’s game with an 0-4 record against Ohio State. While Michigan doesn’t have a chance to win a B1G title or earn a spot in the College Football Playoff, it could spoil the Buckeyes’ perfect season. That has to add a little fire to the matchup.
Ohio State and Michigan will kick things off at noon on Saturday. The Buckeyes have defeated the Wolverines in seven straight contests.