Michigan football after a week farewell under the leadership of Jim Harbo

The Michigan Wolverines Bye this weekend and the season will resume on October 29 against Michigan State Spartans. “Improvement Week,” as coach Jim Harbo likes to call it, is a chance for the team to rest, recover, and prepare for the last five game of the regular season.

However, some teams and coaches view these weekends as more detrimental to success because weekends can disrupt habits, routines, focus and momentum. Under Harbaugh, the Wolverines did well after the farewell, posting a 5-2 aggregate record and a 4-1 home run.

To a large extent, the effects of the farewell week are exaggerated, and most of the time, the team before the week of rest is the same as the team after. With the exception of 2020 where there were no farewell weeks, let’s take a closer look at Michigan’s performance in every game after farewell to the Harbaugh era.

2015-31 Oct, W in Minnesota, 29-26

In the week before the farewell, Michigan suffered one of the toughest losses of the Harpo era, and it can be summed up in four words to avoid discussing in more painful detail:hijacker problem.

Against the Minnesota, the Wolverines came out slow but slowly got their sea legs under him as the two teams traded the lead six times. Michigan overcame an injury starting quarterback Jake Ruddock and stayed on the goal line with time running out to bring Little Brown Jugg back to Ann Arbor.

2016-October 22, W v Illinois, 41-8

In what would have been a trap game in the week before the Wolverines went to East Lansing, Michigan left no doubt and moved into a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Michigan outperformed Illini 561-172, and Illinois’ only points came late in the trash.

2017-7 Oct, L vs Michigan State, 10-14

Michigan came out with a heavy passing approach (35 attempts) with a back-up quarterback at John O’Korn in the monsoon season. It’s Harbaugh’s worst game plan to date, and Spartans coach Mark Dantonio simply – and cleverly – let the Wolverines defeat themselves.

In a game that featured 17 combined balls and Michigan lost the Battle of Duran 5-0, the Paul Bunyan Cup returned to East Lansing. Michigan’s only home loss came after a goodbye against Michigan State at night, so I don’t blame any fan for feeling uneasy about superstitions about this coming weekend’s game.

2018 – November 3, W v. Penn State, 42-7

Michigan had just beaten Wisconsin 38-13, and won Michigan State 21-7, to thrill”revenge tourThe week before farewell. Fans were concerned that the break might disrupt the train, but instead it served as a catalyst for Michigan to gain strength and take Penn State off the rails.

Nittany Lions #14 had only one drive longer than four plays before falling back 42-0, and they were only able to prevent shutdowns once the backups were in play.

2019 (a) – September 21, Lam in Wisconsin, 14-35

Before the farewell, Michigan struggled to win in overtime against the Army Heavyweight team in Ann Arbor. Against a struggling Wisconsin team with Jonathan Taylor running back in Madison after the farewell, it was 28-0 before she could blink.

The end result was not indicative of Michigan’s actual hitting on this blow. The Wolverines were zero for 11 in third and passed at 350-40. If fans were skeptical about defensive coordinator Don Brown before this match, his fate was sealed in the court of public opinion.

2019 (b) – November 16, W v Michigan State, 10–44

2019 was a strange year in college football, and Michigan had two weeks of goodbye. The results that followed the latter were more encouraging as Michigan adopted the pass-first identity.

In Michigan State coach Mark D’Antonio’s final game against Michigan, he controlled it like never before. Wolverine scored 24 unanswered points after being briefly behind 7-0 in the first quarter and slipping back to victory.

Behind quarterback Shea Patterson’s best day in the Wolverine – 24 of 33 for 384 yards and four touchdowns – Michigan brought home the Paul Bunyan Cup in their lopsided victory in the rivalry since 2002.

2021-October 23, W vs Northwestern, 33-7

After an emotional win at Lincoln before looming goodbye and Michigan a week later, Northwestern was seen by many as a trap. But apart from one play — Northwest ran back for Ryan Hull for 75 yards before the break — Michigan easily ran through the Wildcats.

The Wolverines were idle early on, but the 17-point third quarter put that away forever, and Michigan reached 7-0 for the first time since 2016.

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