Dodd On Michigan: One Of Biggest Collapses I've Seen

Jim Harbaugh has a lot of questions to answer

Tiki and Tierney
November 26, 2018 - 5:16 pm

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After watching Ohio State dismantle Michigan 62-39 on Saturday, Brandon Tierney believes Jim Harbaugh has officially failed at Michigan.

Dennis Dodd, however, isn’t willing to go that far.

“I’m not ready to go there yet,” the CBS Sports senior writer said on Tiki and Tierney, “but Saturday was really revealing. He created this impression they were actually good – and they weren’t. And they got run out of the building by a team that had given up 449 yards a game over the last four weeks.”

Michigan (10-2) had won 10 straight games and was the betting favorite to win in Columbus for the first time since 2000.

It didn’t happen.

“I thought Michigan would win because I didn’t think Ohio State could fix in one week what had been bad for a month,” Dodd said. “Until that game, all they had to hang their hats on was Dwayne Haskins. That was it. And they systematically took apart Michigan, and everything we knew about it was false. No. 1 defense, 10-game winning streak – it just looks like a memory right now. So he’s got a lot of questions to answer, and at some point he’s going to have to answer them.”

Harbaugh is 38-13 at Michigan but 2-7 against his three biggest rivals – Ohio State, Michigan State, and Notre Dame – including 0-4 against the Buckeyes.

The Wolverines looked unimaginative on offense, as Shea Patterson finished 20-of-34 for 187 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

“This is the best quarterback he’s had,” Dodd said. “(The offense) did change, and they did win 10 in a row. To say that Shea Patterson is the best quarterback he’s had, it’s something. They need elite players. They need players on the perimeter. They need players that can break away. You saw that from Ohio State.”

Indeed, Haskins averaged 12.8 yards per attempt, finishing with 396 yards and six touchdowns against the No. 1 defense in the country.

“Chris Olave, I think he played 49 snaps in 11 games,” Dodd said of the true freshman. “All of a sudden he's the star of the game. He catches two touchdown passes, blocks a punt, and away Ohio State goes. They were better in straight-line speed, they were better in space, and I don't remember (Chase) Winovich’s name being called. It's one of the bigger one-game collapses I’ve seen.”

As for the College Football Playoff, Dodd believes that Notre Dame is a lock despite not playing a conference championship game.

“I don’t have a problem with Notre Dame,” he said. “They go out and arrange Stanford, USC, Michigan. If they’re going to go there with Notre Dame, let’s start going there with Clemson. This was an epically bad ACC season.”