There’s a lot to digest after two weeks of the college football season. Thankfully, there are some pretty intelligent people to help break it all down.
Recently, Sports Illustrated writer Bruce Feldman join The Big Lead’s Glass Half Empty podcast to talk about everything college football. Mixed into some of the major questions entering the third week of the season, Feldman was asked a couple B1G questions, specifically about J.T. Barrett’s performance vs. Oklahoma and the likelihood Jim Harbaugh bolts for the NFL.
First, Feldman addressed the concerns with Barrett at quarterback and whether the Buckeyes still have a chance to win a national championship despite an early loss like they did in 2014.
“The biggest difference between three years ago and now, is that was the beginning for J.T. Barrett,” Feldman said. “I think what’s given people a lot of concern is, you’d expect some kind of learning curve at this stage in this career.
“Some of the issues are the receivers haven’t developed. I think this team will improve a lot. But the question is will J.T. Barrett improve as a passer?”
Barrett completed just 19-of-35 passes against Oklahoma for 183 yards and an interception.
Following his comments on the Buckeyes, Feldman also addressed the rumors of Harbaugh potentially leaving Michigan for a head coaching job with Indianapolis Colts at the end of the season.
“I would never say never to anything. Having said that, it’s true he’s not stayed anywhere for too long,” Feldman. “I think the thing that ultimately might lure him back to the NFL is if he has the opportunity to control personnel as well as coach.
“But this is his alma mater, he has a special connection to Michigan. I think he knows he’s building something pretty big there.”
Harbaugh spent four seasons with the Colts as a quarterback during his NFL career, playing in Indianapolis from 1994-1997.
Lastly, Feldman said that Wisconsin looks like the real deal in the West and has the opportunity to take advantage of a weak division once again. Though he doesn’t see the Badgers winning a game in the College Football Playoff, he thinks there’s a real shot Wisconsin could be one of the four teams to earn a bid.
Feldman had plenty of interesting comments throughout the podcast, which can be heard here.