Michigan's Abysmal Record Against Top Ranked Opponents Proves the Program is Not Elite

Penn State v Michigan
Penn State v Michigan / Leon Halip

Since Jim Harbaugh took over as the head coach for the Michigan Wolverines, the team has had stellar seasons. However, the numbers might be a bit inflated due to weak scheduling.

While the Wolverines can easily handle weaker opponents, they've consistently struggled against the nation's elite. This issue dates back to before Harbaugh took the reins. Michigan's record against top 10 opponents since 2012 is absolutely abysmal, sitting at 1-14.

Harbaugh does have the lone win under his belt, as the team is still 1-9 against top 10 teams since he took over in 2015. In fact, despite having three 10-3 seasons in the last four years, Michigan has won just one of its four bowl games.

While the team continues to trend in a positive direction, it needs to take the next step to really be considered a top team in college football. So far, they have already lost a major piece as their running back Chris Evans was recently suspended for the next season.

Harbaugh has brought a change of culture to the Wolverines and has helped the team improve, however, if Michigan wants to be considered elite, it needs to be able to compete with the top dogs.