Jim Harbaugh ruins most of my weekend, Ohio State isn’t looking so hot, and Nebraska is dealt its inevitable first loss in this week’s edition of Livin’ B1G.
I have a hard and fast rule for attending baseball games: If you’re legally allowed to operate a motor vehicle, you’re not allowed to bring your glove. It’s quite simple. If you can drive, you can catch a baseball with your bare hands like an adult.
Jim Harbaugh didn’t get that memo before attending Game 5 of the World Series between my beloved Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field. Actually, he’s been disobeying this rule for quite some time, apparently.
Sunday’s spectacle was the most atrocious, though. There he sat, wearing the hat of my favorite baseball team, the colors clashing with his ugly Michigan sweatshirt and a blue glove with maize stitching, smirking like a child. The Cubs showed him on the video board, and the organist played “Hail to the Victors.” Gross.
As if I needed a reminder of what Harbaugh and the Wolverines did to Michigan State about 30 hours earlier, taking back the Paul Bunyan Trophy with a 32-23 victory in East Lansing and sending the Spartans to their first 0-5 start in Big Ten play since 1982.
I can only blame Harbaugh for ruining most of my weekend, though not quite all of it since the Cubs pulled things out and forced Game 6. Still, c’mon man.
Leave your glove at home like an adult, Jim Harbaugh. This isn’t The Sandlot and you’re not Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez. If anything, you looked more like Squints.
… Despite Harbaugh’s complete disrespect for my basic rules, Michigan clearly is the best team in the Big Ten now that Ohio State not only lost at Penn State, but struggled at home in a narrow 24-20 win at home over Northwestern. A Northwestern team that entered as a 26-point underdog, mind you. The Buckeyes survived by running out the final 3:31 after the Wildcats kicked a field goal.
What is going on in Columbus? Urban Meyer said his team would quickly get past the loss in Happy Valley, but it appears it carried over some of its issues. The Nov. 26 showdown between Ohio State and Michigan was supposed to be a matchup of undefeated teams battling it out for a berth in the Big Ten championship game and presumptive spot in the College Football Playoff. Now I’m wondering if the Buckeyes can even get there with just one loss.
… Maryland coach DJ Durkin knows just how good the Wolverines are after serving as their defensive coordinator last season. Now he gets to see the nation’s top defensive unit up close and personal when the Terrapins visit the Big House on Saturday.
Michigan ranked fourth in the country in yards allowed per game last year under Durkin. Don Brown replaced Durkin after the latter took the Maryland gig, and he’s getting even better performances from that unit.
Durkin might be in for a long afternoon of watching Perry Hills take his licks. The Wolverines lead the Big Ten with 27 sacks, and Maryland has allowed a conference-most 24.
… I hate to say it, but I wasn’t sold on Nebraska being a top-10 team. And since they’re ranked No. 9 in the newest poll, that means I’m still not sold. Granted, the Cornhuskers went into Madison and took Wisconsin to overtime before losing a tight 23-17 battle. No matter how close it was, that first loss was inevitable.
Nebraska still controls its own destiny to win the Big Ten West and appear in the conference title game. But I don’t expect the Huskers to leave Columbus with a win this week. If No. 8 Wisconsin leaves Northwestern with a victory, it’ll be the Badgers sitting pretty with the tiebreaker in hand atop the West – and rightfully so.