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Kirk Herbstreit Knows What's Wrong With Michigan's Offense

Kirk Herbstreit thinks a team could be out of the playoff.

It's not just quarterback play that's been a problem for the Wolverines.

Michigan - specifically, the Wolverines' offense - has been struggling this season.

Jim Harbaugh's team hasn't gotten much from its quarterback lately, leading to some fans calling for freshman Brandon Peters to take over.

Kirk Herbstreit thinks he knows what's wrong with the two-loss Wolverines - it's not just the quarterback position.

"In college football today, balance to me is the ability to have answers if teams are going to put nine guys at the line of scrimmage, because when they don’t respect your passing game, you have to have an ability to make them pay,” Herbstreit said on Tuesday's College Football Live, per 247Sports. "It’s not just quarterback play (for Michigan). They’re so young on the permitter. The Tarik Black injury really set them back as far a guy who can take the top off a defense. The other guys are kind of hit or miss."

Herbstreit labeled Ohio State's offensive struggles earlier this season in similar fashion, saying you need to at least have a deep threat to make defenses honest. The Buckeyes have since changed. Can Michigan?

"Defenses right now don’t fear anything down field. You can take your chances and squeeze that offense and running game and short passing game and that’s where Michigan is kind of living right now. Against some teams it won’t matter, but against equal or better talent, it’s a handful," he said.

Michigan is set to play Rutgers on Saturday. John O'Korn remains the team's starter under center, though Harbaugh said Peters is readying himself to play.