Jersey swap? Herbstreit, Howard say it's hard to tell the difference between Michigan and Rutgers right now
When Rutgers entered the B1G in 2014, the Scarlet Knights beat a struggling Michigan team that was en route to a 5-7 finish.
But it was still Michigan, and the fans in New Jersey didn’t care that the Wolverines had a losing record at the time – they still stormed the field.
In the five years since that day, Michigan has outscored Rutgers 256-37, which was aided by last season’s 52-0 Michigan blowout.
As they say, the past is in the past. And this season for Michigan is more like that 2014 run.
ESPN’s College GameDay crew discussed the Michigan-Rutgers game on Saturday morning, with Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard giving a unique perspective on how similar the team’s citations are.
“We keep talking about trying to figure out Michigan, if you go based on the way they played Michigan State, Indiana and Wisconsin, if Rutgers and Michigan went into the locker rooms and decided to switch uniforms and came out onto the field, I don’t think you’d be able to tell the difference,” said Herbstreit. “To me, that kind of sums up where Michigan is right now.”
For Howard, the problem is with the Wolverines’ energy, and drive, or moreover, the lack thereof.
“General consensus is there is no fire, no juice when they’re playing,” said Howard. “Rutgers, they’re going to come out with some juice…if Michigan doesn’t match that energy, they’re in for a long day today against Rutgers.”
So who has the energy, and will we be able to tell the two teams apart?
We’ll have to see after kickoff Saturday night.