Like it or not, Herbstreit’s pretty accurate with this observation:
On Monday, Herbstreit was asked a number of questions during a conference call with reporters, including about whether or not Michigan can do what Alabama did to Georgia in the SEC Championship game.
“It wasn’t just the scheme,” Herbstreit said. “It was two players. It was Bryce Young and Jameson Williams, I mean you’re talking about two of the elite players at their positions one won the Heisman trophy and the other one, you could have made an argument had a good enough year to be right there to win it as well, but he’s on the same team.”
Michigan is a formidable team, but there’s formidable and then there’s a level above formidable. And there is no Young or Williams on the Wolverines’ roster.
“So you’re talking elite players,” Herbstreit said. “The one question on Georgia before the game, in fact, we talked with Dan Mullen, the former Florida coach, on game day that morning. One of the segments we did was Georgia secondary. Whether or not, if this Georgia front, which has been dominant all year, if they don’t get home or Bryce Young is able to create, how good are they really on the back end? We just haven’t seen them tested. And that ended up being, as we know, a big part of how that game unfolded was what happened in the secondary.
“I’ve gone back and watched that game probably six or seven times. I don’t think it’s fair to put it all in the secondary. I think the front looked fatigued, for whatever reason, they didn’t have the same juice that they played with most of the year.”
The question is, then, do you need elite players to expose Georgia’s defense?
“But I don’t think Michigan has an offense that necessarily you can just draw up a play or a sequence of plays and say ‘okay we’re going to be in a good spot to run the exact same offensive scheme that Alabama did. Hey, Alabama gave us the blueprint let’s just do exactly what Bama did.’ Just because that’s not their identity.”
Herbstreit says UM’s identity is running the ball mixed with enough trick plays to keep a defense honest. Will that be enough? I don’t know, but I sure think I’d rather take my chances with Young and Williams.