Alabama has been atop the polls all season, and the reigning champs are the current favorites to repeat.
So if anyone in the country can knock off the Tide, who will it be? That was a question asked on the set of ESPN’s College GameDay on Saturday morning. And one Big Ten team was the answer from two analysts.
No, it wasn’t Ohio State, the team that knocked off Alabama in the 2014 College Football Playoff. Instead, it was the Buckeyes’ biggest rival.
Both Lee Corso and Desmond Howard said that No. 3 Michigan had a better chance than any other team in the country of stopping Alabama from a second consecutive championship. Kirk Herbstreit, on the other hand, said that ACC powers No. 2 Clemson and No. 6 Louisville would give Nick Saban’s team its toughest test.
Both Corso and Howard pointed out the Wolverines’ top-ranked defense as the reason they could hand Alabama a loss. Howard pointed out that he didn’t think Michigan has played its best football yet this season.