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With College GameDay on campus, a Q & A with Kirk Herbstreit and Erin Andrews

By Tim Rohan, Daily Sports Editor
and Michael Florek, Daily Sports Editor
Published September 9, 2011

But it’s a matter of time until Michigan gets back to being elite in the country.

TMD: What do you think the outlook is for Saturday’s game?

Herbstreit: Notre Dame thinks they’re a BCS team. If they lose this game, now you’re 0-2, with some big games left to go. I think the BCS at that point is out of reach.

And for Michigan, there’s a lot at stake too. Even though it’s not a conference game, you’ve got a new coach, you’re trying to get ready for the Big Ten. If you win this game, you look at the rest of their schedule, there’s a very good chance they’re 5-0, as they get ready for the meat and grind of where they’re going to be.

For me, there’s a lot at stake for both teams.

TMD: Looking back at the 91 season what do you remember about playing against Desmond?

Herbstreit: I remember our punt team late in the game trying to cover Des and seeing a bunch of slow guys trying to stop him and just remember Des — I was standing on the like the left 25 and I just remember him coming right down the sidelines and literally watching him walk right in and I just kept watching him.

I just happened to watch him. I didn’t even think about him doing a pose but just to see him celebrate because that was like the nail in the coffin for that game and then he pulled that Heisman pose and at the time it didn’t really — because it happened so fast in real time, it was like, ‘Dang, he just did that. I can’t believe that.’

That’s kind of what you’re thinking but it happened so fast it was over you just move on and take another beating, when I was there. Now, it’s almost become the Heisman trophy itself. It’s been great to have him on the show and he and I get along. The funny thing about Ohio State-Michigan is their fans hate each other, but the former players, there’s really a respect with Ohio State and Michigan players because they’re so similar in the type of people that they are and there’s such a respect for that rivalry and I’m very proud of everything he’s accomplished. He’s such a class act.

TMD: What’s the biggest difference between Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees?

Herbstreit: Well based on last week, I guess the only fair way to evaluate it, Dayne Crist is physically imposing, he’s everything you’re looking for as far as his makeup. He’s got the big, strong arms, tall but he looked a little hesitant in some of his decisions. The fumble at the one-yard line, went all the way the other way.

They never recovered from that. That was a 14-point swing. Obviously, they had five turnovers but it seemed to affect the offense, their confidence. And unfortunately it was his turn to be the quarterback when that happened. The funny thing is if they score on that drive, he’s probably still the quarterback and they’re probably 1-0 coming into this game, but that one play completely flipped that football game around and was kind of microcosm of how that game went.

Tommy Rees comes in and to me he was making quick decisions, he’s not going to blow you away with a big strong arm but he’s accurate. And any quarterback coach and any offensive coordinator will tell you that decision-making and accuracy are the two most important things and he put that on display last year for four games when they won them and then also in the half that he played in this game against South Florida.

If you’re Michigan, they’re disguising coverages with Greg Mattison. They’re blitzing, they’re not blitzing, they’re backing up. It’s going to be can they get to Tommy Rees, because he can’t move. Can you get to Tommy Rees and make him have to reshuffle his feet, make him hold the ball? If you do that Michigan can create some turnovers but if he gets into rhythm and gets back there and gets rid of it, he’s got enough questions to make them pay for it.

Erin Andrews

TMD: What are your impressions of Brady Hoke?

Erin Andrews: I love Brady Hoke. I’m a big fan. We had an opportunity to go to practice yesterday. I get a big kick out of how he’s just running up and down the field and how he’s screaming at the guys. You really feel like he’s really part of the D-line actually.