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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh optimistic after Peach Bowl loss: ‘We’re right there at the top’ | NCAA Football

Jim Harbaugh isn’t sweating Michigan’s most recent loss.

In fact, he’s not worrying about its last two big losses: a 62-39 defeat to Ohio State in the regular-season finale and then a 41-15 loss to Florida on Saturday in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. 

“It was a very good season,” Harbaugh told reporters after the bowl game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, via ESPN. “It would have been a great season if we’d won this game, but we couldn’t get it done. My feeling about the team is we’re right there at the top. But we have to put it over the top, especially in the big games at the end of the year.”

The Wolverines had only lost one game heading into their matchup with the Buckeyes. Now, Harbaugh’s teams are 0-4 against OSU, 2-2 against Michigan State and 1-3 in bowl games.

“I think we’re going to take what we have and reload a new season and tighten up and keep working to put it over the top,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh has had success early in the year with his last three teams going a combined 21-3 before Oct. 31. But, once November hits the Wolverines have fallen to 7-8. 

Still, Michigan is 38-14 after four seasons with Harbaugh at the helm, and he remains the third-highest paid head coach in college football. Harbaugh, who pockets an annual salary of around $7.5 million, follows only Alabama’s Nick Saban ($8.3 million) and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney ($7.6 million).

Harbaugh finished the fourth season of his seven-year contract. The deal will expire at the end 2021.

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