Now that Urban Meyer has retired from coaching at Ohio State, the expectations surrounding Michigan this year are basically boom or bust. Many analysts believe this is the time for Jim Harbaugh to lead his team to the College Football Playoff.
During his four years as the head coach of the Wolverines, Harbaugh never defeated Meyer and the Buckeyes. With Ryan Day serving as the coach for this season, it’s possible that momentum shifts over to the side from Ann Arbor.
On Saturday, Meyer spoke about his former rival in Michigan along with his co-workers at FOX Sports.
The main question being discussed was whether or not this is the year for Michigan to win the Big Ten. Well, Meyer believes the Wolverines have the talent to make a postseason run, but has serious reservations with the new offense under Josh Gattis.
“They certainly have the players. They have some of the best unknown players in America,” Meyer said. “And the question is are they going to be able to translate to the spread offense fast enough to not lose a game. The guy that’s taking over is a 35-year-old coordinator that came from Alabama who has never called a play. Gattis has to jump in and get this thing turned around.”
Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart quickly disagreed with Meyer saying that the Wolverines have a good chance, saying that it’s not Michigan’s year because the Big Ten is stronger.
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Bush made it very clear that his issue with Michigan is that Harbaugh’s record against top teams is below average.
Even though Urban Meyer is confident in the Wolverines’ roster, he still has concerns about their offensive scheme.
Harbaugh added Josh Gattis to his coaching staff in an effort to help make their offense more dynamic. They’ll have Shea Patterson under center to make the transition somewhat smooth.
Michigan opens the season at home against Middle Tennessee.