Can't Wait For Saturday | College football finalist Wolverines seem so familiar

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Greetings from "Can't Wait For Saturday," your morning morsel of college football, courtesy of longtime Illini beat writer, AP Top 25 voter and Heisman state rep Bob Asmussen. He'll give you his views each day on the game he loves.


My favorite part of the Christmas classic "Elf" (and there are many to pick from) is when "Buddy" hears Santa is coming to Gimbels. He shouts "Santa. I know him."

That's sort of how I feel about the national title game, though the term "know" is a bit of a stretch when it comes to Michigan quarterback J.J.McCarthy or coach Jim Harbaugh.

With McCarthy, I had a 20-minute phone conversation with him when he was a junior at Nazareth Academy in 2019, He became the first underclassmen to be named News-Gazette All-State Player of the Year and I wrote the feature story that runs with the team.

Important to point out that underclassmen weren't even considered for the team until 1996. Still, a good milestone for McCarthy and one that he appreciated,

McCarthy could have been a two-time POY but instead spent his senior year at IMG Academy in Florida. You know, warmth and all.

It worked out great for McCarthy, who stuck to his commitment to Michigan and is now about to play for the national title with the Wolverines. Very cool.

As for Harbaugh, over the years I have asked him questions in press conferences and on the phone.

Generally, I refer to him as "goofball," which isn't very nice of me. Sorry, it is accurate. But he can coach, which I doubt will be in Ann Arbor next season. More likely the NFL, where he can try to join his brother John as a Super Bowl champion.