Michigan football looks to erase its up and down 2019 season with an upset win against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Citrus Bowl on New Years Day.
The Citrus Bowl is set to kick off at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Two teams that had up and down seasons, Michigan football and the Alabama Crimson Tide, have been given a chance to start the New Year off with a bang.
Do the Michigan Wolverines have any shot to compete with THE Alabama Crimson Tide, a team that has been to every college football playoff until this year?
Yes. Here are three reasons why the Michigan football team will start the New Year on the winning side.
Early in the season, Alabama looked to be heading to their 6th straight playoff appearance. Unfortunately, numerous injuries sidelined starting quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, a Heisman favorite heading into the season, looking to capture his second national championship in three years. With the loss of their lefty leader, the Crimson Tide found themselves scrambling.
Heading into Alabama’s matchup against in-state rival, Auburn, the Crimson Tide needed to win to have any chance at competing in the College Football Playoff. Now starting quarterback, Mac Jones, has played three years alongside Tagovailoa.
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Jones may be a talented quarterback, but here is why Alabama fans should worry. He has played in one big game his entire college football career. That big game resulted in a loss to Auburn. The Auburn Tigers are a strong football program, and that was a hard game to go on the road and win, but as a quarterback for the best College Football program in the country, the expectation is to win every game no matter what. The trust level is at an all-time low with this quarterback. With the lights shining bright in the 2020 Citrus Bowl, Mac Jones will struggle.
A perfect opportunity for this Michigan football program to silence all of the frustrated fans and turn what was a disappointing 2019 season, into a successful beginning to the 2020 year. A Michigan Wolverines squad that struggled throughout the 2019 season could erase all with a win on Wednesday against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Why would the Michigan Wolverines have any chance in this Citrus Bowl matchup?
One reason. Jim Harbaugh. A coach on the hot seat. Jim Harbaugh has been coaching at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, for 5 years, and is 0-5 against Ohio State, as well as proven his struggles against top 10 ranked opponents going 2-11. Granted, the Crimson Tide are only ranked 13th at the moment, but everyone in the world knows this team has the talent and ability on any given day to beat a top 10 ranked team. Harbaugh is also 1-3 in bowl games. All of these unacceptable statistics prove why this game against Alabama is a must-win.
Shea Patterson, the Wolverines starting quarterback, has been leading the charge for the past two years in Ann Arbor. A quarterback who has struggled in the big moments, has nothing to lose in his, more than likely, the final game as a Wolverine. The transfer from Ole Miss has had his ups and downs, both being showcased in the loss to Ohio State. If Patterson plays the way he played in the first quarter against Ohio State, and against Penn State in the second half, Michigan will have a solid chance at upsetting the Alabama Crimson Tide.
This is the Wolverines Super Bowl. For the Crimson Tide, it isn’t as important after playing in four College Football National Championship games in the last four years. The team with more heart, motivation, and fight will win this football game.
Hey The Wolverines are hungry, and after getting blown out of their own stadium against Ohio State, the team in Maize and Blue will have something to prove in their final game of the season.