For those who think Kirk Herbstreit has some sort of reverse-bias against the Ohio State Buckeyes, you just got a giant-sized piece of ammunition here.
It's extremely strange to assume Herbstreit tries to seem impartial by always picking against his alma mater, but there are those on Twitter who chirp at him online about it with regularity. Maybe that's what he's doing, or maybe his standard for OSU is higher than you'd think it should be, because he has simply not been impressed by this team as of late.
Herbstreit thinks Michigan is going to blow the doors off Ohio State based on the way they've played over the past few weeks.
That's one tough alumnus to please.
Ohio State looks like they've been pretty great as of late if you look at their No. 10 ranking to go along with their convincing victory against Michigan State, but Herbstreit has a point. If you look past that, they haven't been prohibitively great. Over the past six weeks, they narrowly beat a three-loss Penn State team, gave up nearly 30 points to Indiana, had a one-score lead heading into the fourth quarter against Minnesota,
That's a lot of mediocre play for a team that's expected to take on a juggernaut like Michigan, and the analyst from College GameDay isn't the only one who thinks so.
Playoff committee chair said again this week that Ohio State is "not as sharp as they were in the middle of the year," even after the Michigan State win. Not a good sign for Buckeyes, but still has time to improve resume.— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) November 14, 2018
There's a reason why Ohio State is only ranked 10th after their win against Michigan State. They just haven't been greatly impressive.