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Kirk Herbstreit Weighs In On Michigan's Struggles This Season

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN's College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

No team suffered a more devastating loss this past weekend than Michigan. Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines were dismantled by the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday.

Michigan entered this season with playoff expectations, but any dreams about making a national title run might be over.

With games remaining on the schedule against Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa and Notre Dame, it's possible that Michigan loses a few more matchups this fall.

ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit discussed what's been wrong with the Wolverines, and his answer is quite surprising.

Herbstreit has stated in the past that offensive coordinator Josh Gattis needs to get the offense rolling. However, it turns out the defense hasn't played up to its standards either.

Here's what Herbstreit had to say, via 247Sports:

“We’ve talked about that for weeks, if not months, about what’s going to happen with Josh Gattis,” Herbstreit said on his podcast. “He’s got all of this talent to work with. Boy, this is going to be fun to watch. … The troubles continue on that side of the ball. But what in the world has happened to Don Brown and the Michigan defense? I can’t believe … you go back to the Ohio State game and the bowl game and the way they’ve looked here early. I just can’t believe it. I really can’t. I’m a big fan of that style of defense and that aggressive nature. … They don’t look prepared, which is mind boggling. They’re out of position. They look like they’re thinking too much at times instead of just playing.”

Both sides of the football need to bounce back this weekend when Michigan faces Rutgers.

“The season’s not over,” Herbstreit added. “They could get this thing going. I think all of us expect them to do that. … There’s still a year that can be exciting and still a year that can win some big games. They’re 2-1. It’s not like they’re 2-3. They’ve got a win this week against Rutgers to get to 3-1 and then Iowa. Then you go to Champaign. Then it’s go time, back-to-back games against Penn State and Notre Dame at home. They need to right the ship right now. I’m guessing (Harbaugh) takes more of a hands on approach with the offense. He’s going to have to.”

It should be a nice opportunity for the Wolverines to get back on the winning track.