It looks like ESPN’s David Pollack doesn’t consider Michigan as the strongest threat to Michigan.
Though the Wolverines are 9-0, ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll and predicted to be only a slight underdog to Alabama in such a showdown, Pollack would look elsewhere, especially Louisville and Clemson. Pollack talked about Alabama’s strongest threats while on ESPN’s Mike & Mike on Monday.
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When going over Michigan, Pollack thinks Michigan lacks dynamic playmakers on offense. Pollack started by saying Michigan QB Wilton Speight isn’t enough of a running threat to scare Alabama.
“Wilton Speight can’t do anything with his legs. He’s not immobile in the pocket — he’s a more pro-style quarterback,” Pollack said. “I don’t think they have dynamic running backs or dynamic receivers that really threaten.”
But when it comes to Louisville and QB Lamar Jackson, Pollack thinks the Cardinals are a bigger challenge for Alabama.
“If Lamar Jackson was playing quarterback for LSU, he would have had plenty of success. He would have success against Alabama,” Pollack said.
Michigan may not have any individual standouts when it comes to eye-catching yards at running back, but that is because the Wolverines are more than happy to spread the wealth. Together, the numbers are impressive.
- De’Veon Smith: 564 yards on 109 attempts (5.2 average) with 8 TDs
- Chris Evans: 456 yards on 57 attempts (8.0) with 3 TDs
- Karan Higdon: 418 yards on 58 attempts (7.2) with 6 TDs
- Ty Isaac: 404 yards on 68 attempts (5.9) with 4 TDs
- Amara Darboh: 42 catches for 741 yards, 6 TDs
- Jake Butt: 34 catches for 421 yards, 4 TDs
- Jehu Chesson: 25 catches for 416 yards, 2 TDs
And these statistical leaders leave out do-it-all star Jabrill Peppers, one of the nation’s best Heisman contenders. Michigan would certainly find ways to give him the ball in such a game.
Pollack also talked about how he thinks the second College Football Playoff rankings will look Tuesday night. He said while Washington will be No. 4, he wouldn’t be surprised if the committee goes with Ohio State this week after the Buckeyes routed No. 10 Nebraska 62-3.
Pollack also said Wisconsin “100 percent” could be in the mix for the CFP, but he thinks the Badgers lack the explosive offense needed to win out and win the Big Ten title to make the semifinals.