Jim McElwain is as excited for the season opener as any of us are. The Florida head coach is preparing his team for a showdown with the Michigan Wolverines in Dallas in the first week of the season, but he may want to tap the brakes a bit.
He spoke to a group of Florida students earlier this week with the following comments:
“We’re headed to Dallas here in a couple weeks to go beat the heck out of Michigan,” McElwain said. “And then come back to you guys, thanks.”
Listen, these are the kinds of things football coaches say to get their students and fanbase riled up. It happens and it is part of football.
But we have seen other coaches fire shots over the bow at Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines in the past, and it has not gone over all that well.
Florida is already going to be missing several players for the game in the opening week of the season and this is a Wolverine team that feels like it is going to have something to prove. Harbaugh is on Twitter and on the internet, so he knows things that get said about his program.
People are going to be looking for a response to this, but they will not get one until Sept. 2. Harbaugh has been eerily quiet (no surprises there) since camp started and he has not even released a roster yet.
Much to the chagrin of some media outlets, but that is a story for another day.
The most important thing for Harbaugh right now is getting his young team ready for the opening game. You will not be hearing any responses, seeing any tweets or getting any other feedback from what people at Florida are saying that does not involve pointing to the scoreboard when the dust clears on Sept. 2.
Michigan is a 3 1/2-point favorite in the contest where we stand today.