'This year has been a complete bust': Paul Finebaum says Michigan-Ohio State result will determine nothing for Harbaugh
Entering the 2020 season ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press Poll, the Michigan Wolverines’ current 2-4 record has not come close to living up to expectations.
Appearing on ESPN’s “Get Up” on Tuesday, Paul Finebaum does not think even defeating the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes, something Jim Harbaugh has not done in his first five seasons, will change the coach’s status.
“I don’t think this game is going to determine anything,” Finebaum began.
“I really feel like he’s already expired his opportunities. This year has been a complete bust. He is not going to beat Ohio State.
“Now, if he did, it certainly would change the dynamics. It’s something that he hasn’t done, and he was expected to do early on. It just seems like an exaggeration of the point that Jim Harbaugh is going to pull this upset.
“I don’t see how he does it, and I’m not sure if that’s going to determine the outcome (of his job). To me, the outcome should already be determined.”
Beginning his head coaching career with the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) San Diego Toreros in 2004, the 56-year-old Harbaugh came to Michigan following stops with the Stanford Cardinal and the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers.
Currently signed through the 2021 season, he has posted a 49-22 (34-16 B1G) record in Ann Arbor and has qualified for a bowl game in each campaign.
Considered by many to be college football’s best rivalry, the Wolverines and Buckeyes have met 115 times dating to 1897, with Michigan leading the series, 58-51-6.
Since the Jim Tressel regime, however, Ohio State has had the upper hand in the rivalry, winning 15 of the last 16 editions, including eight-straight.
Saturday’s clash is scheduled to kick at 12 p.m. ET in Columbus on FOX with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, and “The All-American Girl” Jenny Taft on the call.