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It's easy to jump on the Jim Harbaugh hot-seat train with the chatter about not winning Michigan's biggest games against its fiercest rivals, as well as Top 25 opponents in general.


But is this really a Harbaugh and Michigan-specific issue, or more of a Big Ten norm? 


While the evidence is there to support an argument against Harbaugh's head-coaching record at Michigan in the past three seasons, relative perspective is key. Just take a look at the rest of the Big Ten's best teams since 2007. 

Before you react by instantly opening a new tab to look up that one ranked team you swear you remember Wisconsin or Michigan defeating on the road at some point over the last decade, it should be noted that these splits are reflective of records against opponents that finished the season ranked within the Top 25 – not necessarily ranked at the time of the matchup.

Here's some more sobering perspective for you. Indiana has more road wins over teams that finished in the Top 25 than Michigan and Wisconsin combined since 2007.

Sure, Michigan's record against top competition under Harbaugh has room for improvement, but it'd be wise not to forget just how bad every other top Big Ten team not named Ohio State has performed under the same circumstances.

If there's one major takeaway from this stat, it's that wagering on any Big Ten team on the road with a straight-up line should trigger flashing red lights and a cautionary alarm. 


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