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#pounditSaturday, January 16, 2021

Jim Harbaugh bristles at question about talent or coaching gap with Ohio State

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Saturday’s 56-27 loss to Ohio State forced the Michigan Wolverines to answer more difficult questions. One of them, though, was not to coach Jim Harbaugh’s liking.

Harbaugh told off a questioner who suggested that there is a talent or coaching gap between the Wolverines and Buckeyes. Harbaugh called the question an insult and acknowledging that the Buckeyes outplayed Michigan.

The question is leading and a shot at Harbaugh by saying there’s a coaching gap.

Harbaugh will point to the fact that Michigan could have played a more competitive game if not for some silly individual mistakes, and he’d be correct. He has a talented team, but there’s a reason Michigan wasn’t expected to win. The Wolverines do not have a Chase Young on defense or a J.K. Dobbins on offense, and Justin Fields is a better quarterback than Shea Patterson. Michigan is talented. Ohio State is exceptionally talented. You can understand why Harbaugh won’t want to acknowledge that, but it doesn’t make it any less true.

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