Jim Harbaugh explains Michigan’s bizarre 10-man I formation

When the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines faced a tough Big Ten foe in Wisconsin over the weekend, head coach Jim Harbaugh pulled a bizarre play-call from his hat when the team rolled out a 10-man I formation in the redzone.

Late in the first quarter, the Wolverines were facing a second-down when the team broke the huddle in the odd formation before shifting into a traditional set.

Michigan converted and eventually went on to score. Here is how it all played out:


When speaking about the play on his radio show, he said he couldn’t take credit for the formation because it came from Jay Harbaugh who noticed it on film from a Colorado high school.

I can’t take credit for that one,” Harbaugh said. “That was (Michigan assistant) Jay Harbaugh. He was pouring over high school tape and saw a high school team in Colorado that used that. We can’t take credit for it. If any credit, I give it to Jay for spotting it, being diligent going through the tape. We said, ‘That looks good.’

“We had fun practicing it. We had fun putting it in and putting it in the game. It might have a future.”

And we had fun watching it, so thank you, Jay and Jim.

Who knows what trick Harbaugh and company will pull out of their sleeve next.

Michigan returns to action this weekend when the Wolverines make the trip to New Jersey for a meeting with Rutgers. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN 2 as Michigan looks to advance to 6-0 on the year.

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