These are three of the most absurd overreactions from Michigan’s toppling of Rutgers to wrap up their four game home stand.
The Wolverines outscored the Scarlet Knights 31-0 after falling behind briefly on Saturday. Michigan’s defense didn’t pile up any sacks, but had one turnover that was the climax of the victory. J.J. McCarthy bounced back with a turnover-free performance and did some damage with his feet on run option play calls.
Here are the three overreactions from the decisive triumph over its first Big Ten opponent.
1. Jim Harbaugh’s return didn’t make that much of a difference
It was an auspicious start to Saturday afternoon with Rutgers going on top one minute in. The team took a deep breath and regrouped to go on to a pretty easy win. That’s all thanks to everyone on the sidelines who contributes, but mainly because of Jim Harbaugh. That makes this an obvious overreaction.
His return was meaningful for himself and the players. Blake Corum said afterwards in the postgame interview that the team wanted to win for him. Harbaugh was visibly excited after singing the victors in the locker room. The Michigan football account posted that video on Facebook and Twitter on Saturday.
It’s great to have this suspension behind him and not have to worry about it until, at least 2024. The interim coaches did a solid job in his absence, but it’s always special to have your leader back where he belongs. Being whole again make this team more dangerous and harder to beat on a college football Saturday.