Opinion: Michigan finally rejoins the elites by barging into College Football Playoff

INDIANAPOLIS — There was an old joke about Michigan football and Jim Harbaugh that no longer can be told.

Back when the program stagnated, rival fans indulging in schadenfreude used to snicker and say the Wolverines needed a GPS to find Indianapolis, site of the Big Ten title game. The wisecrack was one of many slights absorbed in the past 12 months as they rebounded from the worst season of Harbaugh’s tenure. Each one was catalogued in Schembechler Hall, providing extra motivation for a turnaround no one anticipated.

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