Kirk Herbstreit believes Michigan has some of the qualities of a championship team, and one of them is being led by the players. A pair of examples came during Jim Harbaugh’s suspensions, and the “noise” around the program, according to the ESPN analyst.

“Sometimes you look at championship teams, whether it be the NFL or college football, there’s a player-led focus that great teams have,” Herbstreit said on The Rich Eisen Show. “And this Michigan team has had it this year. And has not only to do with the successes and great plays that they make, and the talent that they have, I really think it has to do with the failures that they’ve been through and some of the heartache that they’ve dealt with collectively. They’ve got these guys laser focused. I don’t want to say they’re on auto pilot, but man, these dudes are on a mission.”

Herbstreit called it a cool story, but Monday’s national championship will be interesting because Herbstreit said Washington has a similar makeup and characteristics.

“Washington always seems to find a way to win, and I think that’s the fun part of Monday night,” he said. “Who can be the team that has the will to win that last game.”