You might think it unfair to expect McNamara to be better than the quarterback of the reigning national champions in any area, let alone most. But, my friend, that is the entire point. It’s not enough for McNamara to be as good as Bennett. He has to be be better than Bennett because Bennett has better players — significantly better. And you got to make up the ground somehow. McCarthy is Michigan’s best shot at that somehow.
If you were to take all of the first- and second-string B1G quarterbacks and those coaches had their pick of any of them to run their offense, Jim Harbaugh is the only one who would choose McNamara before McCarthy. The reason Harbaugh is the only one who’d take McNamara first is because he’s the only one compelled to justify making him the guy to this point. Yes, he beat Ohio State, won a B1G championship, and got to the playoff. But you got your doors blown off by the most talented team in the country in Georgia. And if you can win a conference championship starting your second-best quarterback, just how inferior is the Big Ten compared with the SEC? If Michigan wants to be nationally relevant, it has to stop insisting on playing with one arm tied behind its back.
The second marquee B1G matchup of the year was a thriller, as Penn State outlasted Purdue for an improbable victory Thursday night, 35-31.
The restructured contract and coaching staff overhaul was not good for what ails Nebraska, which is now the only program in 86 years of major conference football to lose seven straight games by a single digit.
For the better part of 30 years, people jokingly referred to the Big Ten as the Big 2 Little 8. Now, it appears college football is the Big 2 Little 128. Alabama and Georgia have so clearly distinguished themselves as the head of the class; it’s only fitting they meet again for the title.