Herbstreit on Michigan after loss: ‘you wonder where is the psyche of that team’
All the uncertainty surrounding Michigan following an upset loss this past Saturday might be leading to unrest. So says ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who thinks that things might be splintering apart in Ann Arbor.
With a 27-24 home loss this past Saturday to Michigan State, a sloppy and undisciplined performance from Michigan puts head coach Jim Harbaugh squarely on the hot seat. Against this backdrop is the news on Monday that safeties coach Bob Shoop hasn’t physically been with the team for six weeks, a curious set of circumstances that only adds to the looming issues at Michigan.
For many fans of the maize and blue, Saturday’s loss was as humiliating as it was a poignant statement of the direction of the program under Harbaugh, now in his sixth year at his alma mater. The Spartans saw Michigan break down repeatedly during the game as the Wolverines gave up five plays of greater than 30 yards in the loss. Michigan is now 1-1 with the loss.
“Can you imagine being a player? They’re going to have to block out, again, more negativity which has been surrounding this program for the last few years,” Herbstreit said on his ESPN podcast. “Now they’ve got to get ready to go to Bloomington and play a team that’s kind of heading in an opposite direction as far as confidence.”
The game against Indiana this Saturday won’t be easy for Michigan, especially as Michigan State exposed the Wolverines lack of discipline and the worrying trend of giving up big plays. Indiana in now No. 13 in the nation following a 37-21 win at Rutgers this past Saturday.
The Hoosiers sit at 2-0 and are the current darling team to give Ohio State a push in the Big Ten.
On Monday, Herbstreit released his top four teams after Week 9 where Alabama is No. 1 with Ohio State right after them.
With the loss against their in-state rival, Michigan fell to No. 23 in the AP Poll and No. 25 in the Coaches Poll.