Michigan football: The journey starts now for Jim Harbaugh

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Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh is 7-0 for the second time in his tenure, but that season, just like every other, yielded nothing.

In 2016, Michigan football started 9-0 before finishing the regular season 10-2. The story of Harbaugh’s time in Ann Arbor has been the same; he can’t win the big games.

Maize and blue fans have been patiently waiting for things to change. They have seen the success early in the season just to mean nothing at the end of the year.

Now, the second half of the season is underway, and it is time for Harbaugh to rise to the occasion.

The journey starts now for Jim Harbaugh as the head coach of Michigan football.

This weekend, Michigan (7-0) goes on the road to East Lansing to take on their “little brother” Michigan State football (7-0).

Jim Harbaugh is 3-3 against the Spartans as the Wolverines head coach but is 4-0 in East Lansing as a player and coach combined.

On Saturday, the journey for Jim Harbaugh begins. He has to find a way to win big-time games on the road. Yes, I know he has already done it, he did it earlier this year against Nebraska, but this game is different.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe even with a loss on Saturday, Michigan could still accomplish everything they want, a Big Ten title and a college football playoff appearance. Still, the road would become increasingly more difficult.

With five games to go in the season, Michigan plays three AP Top 25 teams, two of which are on the road, Michigan State and Penn State. The other is against a team Jim Harbaugh has never beaten, Ohio State.

Saturday is the starting point. The focus is on Michigan State, as it should be. If Michigan can go into East Lansing and beat a Michigan State team who has turned things around quickly, then Jim Harbaugh takes a step toward reshaping himself and the Michigan football program.

If he losses, it will be the same old story, a story Michigan fans are getting tired of not only hearing but seeing.

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Michigan football and Michigan State football kickoff on October 30th at noon on FOX.