ATLANTA – Despite Michigan having lost at least its last two games in the third consecutive season, Wolverine's coach Jim Harbaugh said he did not foresee that he is making wholesale changes to his program or coaching staff.
Wolverines started 10-1 this season but fell to rival Ohio State 62-39 in the regular season final – most points that Michigan had allowed in the big-run rivalry – and lost to No. 10 Florida in a 41-15 defeat on Saturday in the Chick-fil-Peach Bowl.
"I think we should take what we have and reload a new season and tighten up and continue working to put it over the top," says Harbaugh.
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The Gators and their insults lobster along, while Wolverines ends their third straight season with losses to Oh Io State and a bowl of opponents.
Wolverines are 38-14 in four seasons under Harbaugh, the third highest paid college football coach with an annual salary of about 7.5 million dollars. Only Alabama Nick Saban ($ 8.3 million) and Clemson Dabo Swinney ($ 7.6 million) are paid more.
Harbaugh's team is now 0-4 against Buckeyes, 2-2 against Michigan State and 1-3 in bowl games. His previous three teams went 21-3 before October 31 but 7-8 thereafter.
"It was a very good season," said Harbaugh. "It would have been a good season if we had won this game, but we couldn't get it done. My feeling about the team is that we are at the top. But we have to put it over the top, especially in the big games in end of the year. "
Wolverines played the streets without four of their best players – leading russia Karan Higdon, offensive tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty, linebacker Devin Bush Jr. and defensive end Rashan Gary – who skipped the bowl to recover from injury or prepare for the NFL draft.
Harbaugh said he believed his team was emotionally ready to play Florida.
"I thought they were emotionally ready, yes," said.