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What TCU Head Coach Sonny Dykes Said About Michigan Football

The stage is set as Michigan Football plays TCU in the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl as the semi-finals of the College Football Playoffs.

While some Wolverines have been paying attention to the Horned Frogs of late, that can’t quite be said for TCU head coach Sonny Dykes, who’s seen a little of the Big Ten championship but hasn’t really seen much out of the blue overall this year .

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Dykes met with the media via Zoom on Sunday afternoon, and while he tried to get a glimpse of the Wolverines, he was only able to grab a handful of takeaways.

“You know, honestly, I haven’t had a chance to see much of Michigan,” Dykes said. “Watched her a bit last night. Honestly I was in child ministry looking after some of my kids and my daughters and my 6 year old son and last night trying to help my wife Kate put her to bed and stuff. So I didn’t get a chance to see many of them.

“The bit I saw looked like a very physical football team. I think they were very impressive physically at the end of last night’s game against Purdue. I’ve seen the quarterback (JJ McCarthy) make a lot of plays that were improvised outside the pocket. Was really impressed with the things he can do, what an athlete he was, how accurate he was moving out of the bag. And they just looked like a very, very good football team.

“Defensively they were what you would expect. Up front, physically. Saw the corner, No. 2 (Will Johnson), had a couple of interceptions. It really looked like he was a very productive player last night. So it was a big win for Michigan against a good Purdue team last night.

“They look like a very talented football team. Like I said, we haven’t had a chance to dive deep and check them out yet. But from the outside it looked like a damn good team.”

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Dykes had a small conference overlap with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh a few years ago, since Harbaugh was at Stanford at the same time Dykes was the offensive coordinator at Pac-12 conference enemy Arizona.

From what he can tell now, Harbaugh’s Michigan is quite similar to what he had in the Cardinal.

“I remember they were really good. They had some really good players, Andrew Luck and some guys who were really, really good football players,” Dykes said. “They had a really physical football team. I think that’s the only trademark of the Jim Harbaugh teams. Certainly Stanford and I would assume Michigan too, they’re going to be tough, physical, hard-nosed football teams. I think that’s Jim’s mentality. And I think that’s why he was so successful.

“His teams always play hard. They will be well trained, they will be physical and they will be competitive and play hard. And these are all important ingredients for a good football team.

“I don’t know Jim that well. I’ve been around him a number of times but look forward to getting to know him better during the process and have great respect for him as a coach and for what he accomplished in Michigan.”

Michigan Football and TCU begin December 31 at 4:00 p.m. EST at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl. It will be the very first meeting between the Wolverines and the Horned Frogs.

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