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Jim Harbaugh can break a 30-year Michigan football trend in 2023

Jim Harbaugh could do something that not even Lloyd Carr could during his time in Ann Arbor.



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This fall, Michigan Wolverines football head coach Jim Harbaugh could break a 30-year trend with the Maize and Blue by winning his third straight Big Ten title. Not even legendary head coach Lloyd Carr, who won Michigan’s most recent national title, could do this during his time in Ann Arbor.

Jim Harbaugh could break 30-year Michigan Wolverines football trend with another Big Ten title in 2023

Over the past two seasons, head coach Jim Harbaugh has been setting a new precedent for Michigan football, claiming the program’s first two Big Ten title game victories and College Football Playoff appearances. Additionally, for the first time since the 1940s, the Wolverines finished in the top 3 during back-to-back seasons, establishing Harbaugh’s program as one of the best in college football.

In 2023, Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan football team have a chance to break a three-decade trend by winning a third-straight Big Ten championship. The last time the Wolverines did this was in the early 1990s (1990-1992) when former head coach Gary Moeller was in command of the program.

Despite claiming a national title in 1997, Lloyd Carr never led the Maize and Blue to a three-peat Big Ten title performance. He won five conference championships during his tenure in Ann Arbor, though his best stretch ended with two in a row.

This year’s Michigan Wolverines may very well be Jim Harbaugh’s best roster during his time as Michigan’s head coach thus far. On paper, the Maize and Blue appear poised to break this trend, claiming a third-straight Big Ten title, perhaps even the program’s first national title since 1997 as well. If Harbaugh and his program can do so, it would further cement his status as one of the Wolverines’ top head coaches of all time, likely resulting in Michigan becoming the first program to crack the 1,000 all-time win mark in the process.

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