Kirk Herbstreit obliterates Michigan following Playoff rankings reveal
Kirk Herbstreit said Tuesday night he thinks Michigan will try to spoil Ohio State’s Big Ten Championship hopes.
“I still think Michigan waves the white flag and doesn’t play Ohio State next week,” Herbstreit said shortly after the latest College Football Playoff rankings reveal.
Ohio State has missed two games already this season due to COVID-19, so the Buckeyes will not be eligible to compete in the Big Ten Championship Game if they miss one more game.
As of now, Michigan has not had to cancel any games so far this season due to an outbreak. However, the Wolverines have moved all football activities to “virtual” as they try to keep their positive cases down.
It’s not clear what the College Football Playoff would do with the Buckeyes if they have just five or six wins and aren’t able to compete in the Big Ten Championship. As of now, however, Ohio State remains in the top 4.
Ohio State and Michigan are scheduled to play in less than two weeks on Dec. 12.
Here’s some of the reaction to Herbstreit’s comments:
Understand what Herbstreit is saying, but there's nuance in team's having enough numbers and deciding not to play. It's possible they can't fairly compete because of losses at key positions. It's not cut-and-dried that if you have 55 kids that you are in good shape to play.
— Erick Smith (@ericksmith) December 2, 2020
After Kirk Herbstreit raised the possibility that Michigan might decide not to play next week vs. Ohio State to avoid an ugly loss – he stressed he has no inside info — Rece Davis said any team that did that would lack character.
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) December 2, 2020
Damn. Herbstreit said coaches around the country think teams are opting out of games that could easily play. Just don’t want to get rolled so they say game off – COVID. With dudes getting fired at this rate, it’s 100% believable & surely happening
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) December 2, 2020
I love Herbstreit, but I think a little bit of his Ohio State background showed up in that comment, or at least the way he worded it. https://t.co/ZqVWJh4z5d
— Joe Tansey (@JTansey90) December 2, 2020
Ok I don't agree with Herbstreit, that teams are opting out to avoid beatdowns, but that sure was good TV.
— Jeff or Jeffrey Fann (@TalkinACCSports) December 2, 2020
Herbstreit and Rece Davis basically challenging Michigan to play OSU next week and hinting that if they don't, they're cowards. This could get salty.
— Jeff Ermann (@Jeff_Ermann) December 2, 2020
Why is ESPN allowing Kirk Herbstreit to just toss stuff around about teams using COVID as an excuse with no sourcing?
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) December 2, 2020
Kirk Herbstreit says he's talked to coaches who think teams are "opting out" of games just to avoid getting humiliated.
That's a bold accusation.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 2, 2020