Jim Harbaugh looks forward to bringing the Michigan Wolverines football program to its 12th National Championship. But his record in school is far from stellar.
After four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh returned to the college football coaching ranks. In late 2014, he was named the head coach of his alma mater, Michigan Wolverines. Since his arrival, expectations have been high, hoping he can bring the program its 12th national title, and first since 1997.
In 2022, Harbaugh’s team has just two wins from achieving this. With a 13-0 victory, Michigan clinched the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff. All they have to do is defeat the TCU Horned Frogs and match-winners the Georgia Bulldogs and Ohio State Buckeyes in the Peach Bowl to be crowned National Champions.
When it comes to Harbaugh’s track record, the Michigan coach has been… far from great.
What is Jim Harbaugh’s track record as Michigan coach?
As head coach of the Wolverines, Harbaugh has a 1-5 record in bowl games entering the Fiesta Bowl. Let’s take a look at all six Harbaugh bowl game appearances with the program:
- 2015: 41-9 win over the Florida Gators in the Citrus Bowl
- 2016: 33-32 loss to the Florida State Seminoles in the Orange Bowl
- 2017: 26-19 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl
- 2018: 41-15 loss to the Florida Gators in the Peach Bowl
- 2019: 35-16 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Citrus Bowl
- 2021: 34-11 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs in the Orange Bowl (college football final semifinal)
Harbaugh’s only bowl game win came in his senior season, as they beat Florida in the Citrus Bowl, ending their season with a 10-3 record. Since then, Harbaugh has gone on a five-ball losing streak.
In 2021, Harbaugh brought the Wolverines closer to a national championship. After beating Ohio State 42-27 in the regular season finale and Iowa 42-3 in the Big Ten Championship game, Michigan reached the College Football Playoff for the first time ever. Sadly for them, they were decisively defeated by eventual national champions Georgia in the Orange Bowl.
For those wondering, Harbaugh’s scoring in the bowl as of this writing…isn’t cool.
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