For the first time in his coaching career, Jim Harbaugh will walk off the field at Michigan Stadium in late November as a Big Ten division champion after a win over Ohio State.
The preseason set up is more than ideal in Ann Arbor for the Wolverines to reach the College Football Playoff and capture the program’s first Big Ten Championship since Lloyd Carr did so in 2004. It’s hard to believe its been a decade-plus since Michigan touted itself as a conference champion, a result of Ohio State owning the rivalry series during that stretch, winning 14 of 15 including six straight.
Michigan entered last season’s bout in Columbus as winners of 10 straight, one victory short of clinching a berth in the Big Ten final and possibly getting to the Playoff, but it didn’t happen, which has led to skepticism ahead of the 2019 campaign on the Wolverines’ actual worth.
That’s one of many against-the-grain opinions one could have before things get going next month across a sport that has lacked parity at the top in recent years. Transfer quarterbacks, the promise of surprise teams and a potential new national champion make the season worth watching, even if you’re convinced Clemson or Alabama will be surrounded by confetti once again.
Here’s nine unpopular college football opinions that go against the norm and may strike a nerve entering fall camp: