ESPN’s Schlabach: Alabama over UM for national title

Jim Russ
The Detroit News
Michigan cornerback Channing Stribling

Michigan will beat Ohio State, win the Big Ten championship, and lose to Alabama in the national championship game.

That’s what ESPN college football analyst Mark Schlabach forecasts among his 10 predictions for the 2016 season.

Schlabach: “I'm picking Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Oklahoma to make the playoffs. Alabama will play Michigan in the national championship game, which will be proceeded by an eight-day Twitter war between Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh and Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Sadly, the Twitter war will be more entertaining than the actual game.”

In the latest odds to win the national championship, according to, Alabama is the favorite at 11-1, followed by Ohio State (15-2), Clemson (17-2), Florida State and LSU (10-1), and Michigan and Oklahoma (12-1).

Michigan expects Peppers to stand out all over field