Former Ohio State quarterback and ESPN "GameDay" co-host Kirk Herbstreit might have been taught to take it one game at a time as a player, but the "journalist" — seen jumping on the back of former Buckeye running back Eddie George after a Mike Doss interception in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl — is already looking ahead, the Detroit News reports. Herbstreit, who hosts a talk show on WBNS 1460 in Columbus, has started ripping rival Michigan, which plays Ohio State on Nov. 18 in Columbus. Here are some excerpts:
On the Michigan defense: I personally don't think their defense, the way Ohio State will spread them out, can just dominate the game and shut Ohio State down."
On what would happen if the Wolverines and Buckeyes played today: "If those two teams were to play right now, just the way they're playing, I don't even think it would be close. Ohio State not only wins that game the way they're playing right now, maybe by a few scores."
On Michigan receiver Steve Breaston: "He's worthless in my mind, outside of returning a few punts. I'll say that, and he'll end up winning the game for them on Nov. 18. But he hasn't done anything since his freshman year."
On Wolverine fans leaving last Saturday's home game against Northwestern early: "If you're a Michigan fan, honestly, help me to understand, you have a team that is No. 2 in the country, you only get a chance to see them play at home six or seven times and you bail in the second quarter."