Jim Harbaugh won't admit he's rooting for Ohio State...but he is
Yes, it’s come to this.
Everybody knows what’s on the line Saturday. Michigan State and Ohio State will square off to take control of the B1G East and potentially a spot in the College Football Playoff. Michigan needs to win out and likely take down an unbeaten Ohio State team to have any shot at the B1G Championship and the CFP.
That, of course, means that the Wolverines will be pulling for their rivals to take care of Michigan State. Awkward, it is.
Awkward was Jim Harbaugh, who certainly didn’t want to say the words “Go Bucks!,” being asked about scoreboard watching this weekend. On his weekly Stoney and Bill Show appearance, the Michigan coach was asked about what his college coach, Bo Schembechler, would do in the same odd predicament.
“Well, I think he’d be rooting for what’s best with Michigan like we all are,” Harbaugh said on the Stoney and Bill Show on Thursday. “You never know exactly what to root for because you never know how things always play out. That one seems pretty clear. What’s best for Michigan is first that we take care of our business and let the chips fall where they may.”
Harbaugh is right. It is pretty clear. Michigan is not in control of its own destiny anymore, which he realizes.
Will it do any good to worry about the score of the game in Columbus? No, because the Wolverines have two challenging games of their own to finish the season.
It’s worth noting that all hope wouldn’t be lost for Michigan State were to win on Saturday. Technically, Michigan State could still fall in the regular-season finale to Penn State and Michigan could win out to earn the East crown. That, however, doesn’t seem like too promising a scenario.
The only way Michigan gets back to controlling its own B1G East destiny is by getting a little help from the Buckeyes. As Michigan tackle said earlier in the week, Harbaugh and the Wolverines certainly won’t turn into “fans” this week.
But yes, it’s come to this.