Asmussen: Fowler, Herbstreit check in

Asmussen: Fowler, Herbstreit check in

On Braxton Miller’s season-ending injury:
Herbstreit — “Obviously, just devastating news for Ohio State. You could argue that Braxton Miller is as important to his team as any player in the sport of college football in 2014. To go from Braxton Miller to a couple of quarterbacks who hardly have any experience, I think it opens up the conference. It goes from Ohio State to being the favorite to win the Big Ten to Michigan State now is the team to beat in the Big Ten.”

On playoff concerns:
Fowler — “I believe in the integrity of the committee to start with. Fans find it impossible to believe anybody can operate without bias or agenda. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt. There are a lot of people on the committee with character. Thirteen humans getting together and doing their homework is a better method of selecting four teams than we have ever had before. I think there is a good chance you will have two teams from a conference get in there more often than not.”
Herbstreit — “I want to see the best four teams regardless of where they play.”

On challenges for Texas coach Charlie Strong:
Herbstreit — “They have always had talent. The frustrating thing for a lot of people is to see this team with such potential not quite live up to that. Any time we’ve seen a coaching change at this high of a level, the coach has to come in and change gears a little bit and bring in a different identity and kind of shock the system. When you shock a system, you are going to lose some players. That’s what is happening right now at Texas.”

On Penn State
Herbstreit — “If you look at their schedule, I wouldn’t assume the game over in Dublin (against Central Florida) is a layup. I wouldn’t even assume the game against Rutgers is a layup. When you take over a school that’s got a great tradition, those first few games are really, really important to you getting your players to buy in to doing things a new way.”

On their broadcasting style:
Fowler — “Our booth will sound very conversational. I think we will push each other back and forth. I try not to sound announcery. I don’t try to make it about me. I try to document the action and stay out of the way when you’ve got good drama entertaining people.”

On Michigan:
Herbstreit — “It was really painful to watch their offense last year. I don’t know if in my lifetime I have ever seen the Michigan offense not be able to run the football. I was mystified by the offensive line play and the lack of difference-makers at the tailback position. For Michigan to get back to Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr kind of Michigan, it’s about getting their defense back to being a physical, athletic defense. On paper, there is a lot to like there. They’ve got to get back to having guys who can play on Sundays on that side of the ball.”

On Indiana coach Kevin Wilson:
Herbstreit — “I think he is one of the best play-callers there is in college football. The big question since he’s been there has been the defense. The defense has been a sieve since he’s been there. They’ve got a ton of experience back from last year. They can only get better. There are a lot of reasons to be optimistic. They are going to scare people this year.”

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