Think Alabama would blow out Michigan?
ESPN’s Football Power Index envisions the matchup being much closer than some might realize.
As shared by Paul Finebaum on Monday, ESPN’s FPI calculates that the Crimson Tide have only a 52-percent chance to top the Wolverines if the teams meet in the title game. That figure might surprise some, given how dominant Alabama has looked for much of the season.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) November 7, 2016
An Alabama-Michigan matchup to decide the champion in Tampa would be delicious in so many ways. First off, both programs boast incredible talent. But the chess match between Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban and Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh would be fantastic to follow as well.
It’s not out of the question to dream about that Alabama-Michigan game. The Crimson Tide close the regular season with Mississippi State, Chattanooga and Auburn. Alabama should handle the Bulldogs and Mocs before an intriguing contest against the Tigers on Nov. 26, prior to a possible date in the SEC championship game.
The Wolverines end the regular season with Iowa, Indiana and Ohio State before a possible berth in the Big Ten championship game. Ohio State will be a test. But if Michigan survives there, the Wolverines should be a favorite to reach the College Football Playoff.
From a pure competition standpoint, here’s hoping the Alabama-Michigan matchup happens.