Now that the season is officially over I sat down this morning to review and ruminate over the first three years of the Harbaugh regime. After twisting things around various ways in my head, I came upon what I call the Unfortunate Pivot Point. The Pivot Point may seem obvious to many, but just how significant it is has been was not so self-evident.
In his first two seasons, leading up to last year's Iowa game, Harbaugh's record was 19-3, in contention for the CFP, with a 3 and 3 record against OSU, MSU, and PSU -- that record should have been 4 and 2, but for the FUBAR punt against Staee -- and a dominating bowl win over Florida.
Beginning with last year's Iowa game, Michigan's record is 9 and 8 -- repeat 9 AND 8 -- including 0 and 4 against the big three rivals, and two bowl game losses. This is incredible to me. Did anyone think it imaginable that in his third year at the helm Harbaugh would post numbers like this?
This is not intended as a direct criticism of Harbaugh. But I am looking for thoughts to explain what has happened since the Pivot Point game? Could Speight's injury against Iowa be the main or sole reason we have been so bad since that game? Yes, we all know about the struggles at QB and OL. But, how can a team with one of the top three defenses in the country be so damn mediocre for that long a stretch? It just seems that something snapped after the Iowa game and I'm not sure what it was. Thoughts and comments are welcome.