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Urban Meyer Names The 1 Big Question For Michigan In 2019

Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after an Ohio State-Michigan game.

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Urban Meyer may have drawn the ire of Michigan fans for playfully taking a jab at the Wolverines on Saturday, but that wasn't all he said about the Maize and Blue. He also provided plenty of analysis on Jim Harbaugh's squad.

The biggest question facing Michigan is if this is "the year" they get over the hump. That means beating Ohio State, winning the Big Ten and reaching the College Football Playoff.

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Is this finally Michigan's year? @OSUCoachMeyer and the rest of the @CFBonFOX crew weigh in on the Wolverines' CFP chances in 2019.

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" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">college football studio show yesterday, Meyer said the Wolverines "certainly have the players" and cited wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones as a potential breakout candidate.

The big question for Meyer is whether or not Michigan can get up to speed on its new spread-based offensive attack

"Are they really going to be able to transition to a spread offense fast enough not to lose a game?" Meyer said.

“Nowadays, it’s Final Four football. You cannot lose a game. And how do you that? You’ve got to get that spread offense going. The guy that’s taken over is a 35-year-old coordinator, Gattis, that came from Alabama. He’s never called a play. He’s got to jump in there and get this thing turned around. They have the best offensive line they’ve had since I’ve been playing against them."

Meyer also added his opinion on Michigan's well-regarded defensive coordinator Don Brown, whose unit struggled in its last two games in 2018.

"He’s going to have to adapt," Meyer said of Brown. "I think he will, because I think he’s that good of a coach. They’re going to have to mix in some zone coverage with man.”

Ranked seventh in the preseason AP poll, Michigan will open the 2019 season against Middle Tennessee State on August 31.

[ Detroit News ]