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Tim Tebow is not a believer in Michigan football’s College Football Playoff chances.
He’s taking the Buckeyes — and his ex-coach — in the Big Ten East, instead.
Tebow, the ex-Florida quarterback and current SEC Network analyst, said on the ESPN show First Take on Friday that Ohio State would derail Michigan’s momentum toward the Big Ten championship game and, of course, the playoff.
“I think they’re going to be a favorite against Ohio State, and Ohio State is going to be able to knock them off and go to the Big Ten Championship,” Tebow said, according to 247Sports. “It doesn’t matter who they play. Neither one of them are getting in. Michigan, that is their opportunity. This is their chance. They’re in the Top Four. Everyone else has lost but can they find a way to beat their rivals Ohio State? They haven’t done it yet. Will it be this year? I’m saying probably not.”
OK, settle down. We’re not shocked, and you shouldn’t be, either.
Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner, hasn’t been on the Michigan bandwagon since the beginning of the season, when he ripped the Wolverines’ effort in a 24-17 loss to Notre Dame.
Since then, Michigan has won eight consecutive games, claimed the all-important No. 4 spot in the College Football Playoff ranking and is in the driver’s seat to win its first Big Ten championship since 2004.
Simply put: Michigan is playing its best football of the season. And though Tebow’s riff has definite merit — Jim Harbaugh is 0-3 as a coach against Ohio State — it’s impossible to discount his partiality to Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer.
Tebow helped Meyer win two national titles at Florida, first as a role-playing backup in 2006 and then as one of the best quarterbacks in the country in 2008.
Michigan fans should remember that era well. The Wolverines were unranked when they throttled the No. 9 Gators in the Capital One Bowl during the 2007 season, after Tebow had won the Heisman Trophy.
You remember that game for beloved Michigan coach Lloyd Carr being carried off the field in his final game. Tebow probably remembers that game, too, for the Wolverines scoring 10 straight points to cap the 41-35 victory.
Why, exactly, does that matter?
Because Tebow used that sour end to a Heisman season to fuel Florida’s run to the 2008 national title.
Just like Michigan used last season’s 8-5 finish to fuel this year’s run, which includes wins over Wisconsin, Michigan State and Penn State — all games the Wolverines lost last season.
And next on that list is Ohio State.
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