With Michigan’s 20-10 win versus Indiana, Jim Harbaugh is now 20-4 at Michigan Head Coach. How does this compare with past Michigan Head Coaches? With National Championship Coaches?
Only Fielding Yost (24-0) and Michigan’s coach from 1897-1899, Gustave Ferbert (22-1-1), started at Michigan with better records than Jim Harbaugh. Bo Schembechler matched Harbaugh’s 20 wins in their first 24 games as Head Coach.
Since the start of the BCS era in the 1998 season, 12 different combinations of Head Coach and School have won national championships. For instance, Nick Saban would count as two combinations, one for his title at LSU, and a second time for his titles at Alabama.
Through 24 games, Jim Harbaugh has a better record than all of them except Larry Coker (Miami) and Urban Meyer (Ohio State), who both started 24-0 at their respective schools. Like Harbaugh, Les Miles and LSU and Meyer at Florida each recorded 20 wins in their first 24 games.
Jim Harbaugh Wins in first 24 games: 20
Michigan Head Coach average is 18.3; Median is 19.
National Champ Head Coach average is 18.9; Median is 19.