Only way Michigan beats Ohio State football is if C.J. Stroud turns the ball over

Heisman Trophy winner and college football legend Tim Tebow appeared on ESPN SportsCenter on Saturday morning and talked about C.J. Stroud, the Heisman Trophy front-runner who starts his first Michigan game at noon.

Tebow made it clear that Ohio State’s chances will hinge on Stroud’s performance.

“He has to trust his receivers, trust his offensive line, his running backs and he has to be patient,” Tebow said. “I think you’re gonna see a game plan a little bit like Nebraska.”

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Tebow added that when teams are aggressive against Stroud, he’s “unbelievable.”

“I hate this phrase but I’ve got to say it: take what the defense gives you,” Tebow said. “If he does, his team is too good. … The only way Michigan has a chance is if he forces the football and they capitalize on those turnovers.”

Tebow was a three-time Heisman Trophy finalist who won the award in 2007 as a sophomore. In 2006, Tebow’s freshman season, his Florida Gators, coached by future Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, beat Ohio State in the BCS championship game.

Kirk Herbstreit says Michigan needs to limit OSU passing game

Kirk Herbstreit joined the show later to add that the Wolverines need to limit the passing game for Ohio State.

“I think defensively they have to put a top on their defense,” Herbstreit said. “Make Ohio State drive the ball.”

The College Football Playoff schedule

Here are the dates to know for the College Football Playoff:

  • Selection show: Noon Dec. 5 on ESPN

  • Cotton Bowl: 3:30 or 7:30 p.m., Dec. 31 on ESPN

  • Orange Bowl: 3:30 or 7:30 p.m., Dec. 31 on ESPN

  • College Football Playoff national championship game: 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 on ESPN

Week 13 College Football Playoff rankings

  1. Georgia 11-0

  2. Ohio State 10-1

  3. Alabama 10-1

  4. Cincinnati 11-0

  5. Michigan 10-1

  6. Notre Dame 10-1

  7. Oklahoma State 10-1

  8. Baylor 9-2

  9. Ole Miss 9-2

  10. Oklahoma 10-1

  11. Oregon 9-2

  12. Michigan State 9-2

  13. BYU 9-2

  14. Wisconsin 8-3

  15. Texas A&M 8-3

  16. Iowa 9-2

  17. Pittsburgh 9-2

  18. Wake Forest 9-2

  19. Utah 8-3

  20. NC State 8-3

  21. San Diego State 10-1

  22. UTSA 11-0

  23. Clemson 8-3

  24. Houston 10-1

  25. Arkansas 7-4

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This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Tim Tebow: C.J. Storud needs to be patient against Michigan