You're plumb crazy. Obviously, Florida, Wisconsin, and Penn State are tough. I'm comfortable putting those as tossup games, and think it's reasonable they lose one or two of the three. As things stand, you have to predict a loss to OSU. But Cincinnati? And a definite loss to Florida? What are you drinking? I'm a homer, but I see Michigan again with 3 losses, and if things go well, 2 losses. You've got 3 definite losses and think another 3 are possible? Nope. No way. Insiders have made clear that while Michigan is young, their talent level (athleticism, speed, strength) has gone up, up, up. I think they lose a couple due to youth, but they are heading in the right direction.
As for comparing Harbaugh to Rich Rod, that's even worse. Rich Rod wasn't competitive. Harbaugh has improved, to where OSU's offense did nothing on Michigan through 3 quarters last year. And I really don't think the defense is going to step back much, if at all. Brown is a great DC, and having Mattison with the DL is awesome.
How patient will Michigan fans be with Harbaugh? It depends. If Michigan plays OSU tough, instead of getting curb stomped, that counts for something. I don't believe in moral victories. A loss is a loss. But being humiliated and dominated is another thing, That's what I can't stand. This year, Michigan is awfully young, and could / should lose. Next year, the game is in Columbus, which is always a very hard place to play on the road. Michigan could easily lose again. The year after, definitely no excuses. In other words, Michigan fans will accept staying even this year, improving next year, and beating OSU by 2019. So here's what Michigan fans need:
- Be competitive.
- Continue to improve.
- Beat OSU by 2019.
If those things happen, Michigan fans will be satisfied with Harbaugh.