Michigan football is rolling.
The Wolverines are ranked No. 2, sport a 7-0 record, and have one of, if not the best, defense in the nation.
Barring a stumble or a loss to Ohio State at the end of the season, the Wolverines could make their first appearance in the College Football Playoff.
With all of that in mind, Big Ten Network analyst Gerry DiNardo and Yahoo college football writer Pat Forde weighed in on whether the team from Ann Arbor is “on” or “ahead of schedule.”
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Forde started the segment by saying the Wolverines were ahead of schedule.
“Going from 5-7 to No. 2 in the country in the span of 20 games, wow,” Forde said in the clip. “I knew [Jim Harbaugh] was going to be good, everybody knew he was going to be good. I thought last year they could win 7-8 games, instead they win 10, win a dominant bowl game.”
Forde said he figured the 2016 squad would do much of the same but instead the Wolverines are positioned to run the table.
“[Harbaugh] has gotten that team so much tougher, than they were under Brady Hoke at the line of scrimmage, on both sides and they make so many fewer mistakes,” Forde said.
DiNardo then agreed with Forde on “everything you said, except for the headline,” saying the team was on schedule.
The analyst justified his position by saying Harbaugh has beaten all the teams that he’s had a more talented roster than.
“He’s done a great job,” DiNardo said. “If he wins the Big Ten East, he’s going to be ahead of schedule. If he wins the Big Ten Championship, he’s going to be ahead of schedule. If he wins the national championship, obviously he’s going to be way ahead of schedule.”
DiNardo said what Harbaugh has done so far is what is expected of him.
“Beat all the teams that don’t have your resources,” DiNardo said. “Beat the teams that you have better teams than.”
The Wolverines next take on Michigan State in at noon ET on Saturday in East Lansing.