It seems quite odd that an October game between Michigan and Northwestern would be among the best games on a college football Saturday, but here we are. The Wolverines and Wildcats are both ranked among the top 20 teams in the country, and as a result, ESPN’s College GameDay focused heavily on the match-up.
The entire panel of experts, including Michigan great Desmond Howard, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit (along with guest picker John Stockton), picked Jim Harbaugh’s team to claim victory at home. Herbstreit was the most expansive in his comments, saying this at an early point in the show (h/t MLive.com):
“I think Michigan is just as good. I think it’ll be a low-scoring game, and it’s hard to imagine Northwestern going into the Big House and beating Michigan the way they’re playing right now.”
Later, during the “picks” segment, Herbstreit had this to say:
“A low scoring game but the difference is playing in the big house. I think Jake Rudock is going to do a good job with enough balance that i think that will offset Northwestern’s defense — Wolves get it done at home.”
While host Rece Davis serves largely as a moderator, he had an interesting (and amusing) point about the potential final score between two defensive stalwarts:
“A 3-2 final? Yeah I could see that happen again today … The score might not be that much different between these two defensive powerhouses.”
For many Michigan fans, it probably leaves an uneasy feeling to see overwhelming sentiment in favor of the Wolverines, but with a prime match-up against Michigan State next week, the attention will continue to increase.