TCU 51, Michigan 45
Well, that sucked. A friend texted me at halftime of last night’s game and said, “It looks like TCU is playing its best game of the year and Michigan is playing its worst.” And that’s about right. Michigan went away from what got it to the College Football Playoff by trying to be cute rather than tough. They played better when they stopped trying to be cute, but it was too late. I tweeted during the game:
Michigan had too much time to prepare. They’re trying to be cute instead of just playing football.— Touch the Banner 〽️ (@TouchTheBanner) December 31, 2022
Philly Wasn’t Special. Jim Harbaugh took credit (blame) after the game for calling the Philly Special that failed spectacularly. Leave it to Michigan in a playoff game to be one of the few teams that can’t execute something that seems to have about an 80% success rate. The whole play was off from the beginning, from the timeout prior to the weirdly timed motion to the awkward lateral to Colston Loveland. It was a bad time for the call, and it was poorly designed and executed. The motion was too deep, the lateral was too deep, and TCU wasn’t in man coverage despite being on the goal line, so the cornerback was sitting in the flat where J.J. McCarthy was trying to sneak. Just line up in a heavy formation and run the damn ball.
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