It’s not entirely clear what Jim Harbaugh and Michigan did during their early Week 3 bye week, but preparing for Wisconsin in Week 4 apparently wasn’t on the list.
On the road in Madison, the Wolverines entered the locker room at halftime down, 28-0, not even closely resembling the College Football Playoff contending team some predicted them to be in the preseason. Michigan struggled to make even a decent play as the Badgers crushed it on both sides of the ball.
At halftime, Wisconsin had 312 total yards compared with Michigan’s 96, and it had possession for more than 23 first-half minutes. The Wolverines converted zero third downs and quarterback Shea Patterson had an interception with just 87 yards.
On the other side, Badgers superstar running back Jonathan Taylor put up 143 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter alone — the most allowed to a single player in on quarter by Michigan under Harbaugh, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Michigan looked terrible, and with a schedule that still includes four more ranked teams, college football fans started to wonder about Harbaugh’s job security — or even his interest in staying with this mess.
Harbaugh has only won a few big games since his first season at Michigan in 2015 and, despite a generally strong defense (though the Wisconsin game isn’t a great example of that), hasn’t been able to put together much of a successful offense.
His teams have never trailed by 21 points in the first half of a game, per ESPN Stats & Info, and Wisconsin made putting up 28 points in the first 30 minutes look easy. And the Badgers entered the locker room, they still hadn’t allowed a point this season.
College football fans used Michigan’s disastrous first half Saturday to tear Harbaugh and co. apart.
They had jokes, memes and overall ridicule — all of which seem to happen when the Wolverines take the field this season. We rounded up some of the best, because there were a lot.