Midway through the second quarter on Labor Day weekend, the Florida Gators held a 17-10 lead over the Michigan Wolverines in Arlington. With that said, Jim McElwain’s team was soundly outplayed by Jim Harbaugh and company in the season opener and the Wolverines were able to overcome back-to-back interception returns for touchdowns on the way to an impressive 33-17 victory.
With that as the backdrop, Colin Cowherd of FOX Sports went after the Gators and supported the Wolverines on the air and it came with the notion that Michigan “physically humiliated” Florida on the field. (via Saturday Tradition)
“This wasn’t just Michigan beating Florida. This is what Jim Harbaugh has done now for the third straight time.
“He went to Stanford – I watched – by the second year, I had a Pac-12 coach tell me, ‘Forget USC, Harbaugh’s Stanford team is the most physical in the conference. He went to the 49ers. They were so physically intimidating and now look at Michigan.
“I don’t think they have the talent of Alabama or the talent of Ohio State, yet. But what you watched is what Harbaugh does. He has a specific brand, inarguable, intimidating, physical, punch in the throat, step on your throat, and they went up against a big dog in the SEC and physically humiliated them.”
SEC fans won’t like the insinuation that Michigan was able to blow up Florida from a physical standpoint but, in watching the film, that is exactly what took place. The Wolverines’ defensive line did whatever it wanted throughout the contest and, while Florida’s offensive questions were always legitimate, no quarterback on the field for the Gators had time to operate. On the other side of the ball, Michigan ran for 215 yards (to just 11 for Florida) and, in some ways, the score wasn’t indicative of just how lopsided the result was.
Florida has a lot of time to recover and we’ve only seen one performance from Michigan. Still, the Wolverines did, in fact, dominate the Gators and Colin Cowherd saw it.