2. James Franklin
James Franklin can recruit a top 10 class to Michigan year-after-year-after-year and he can win 10 games at Michigan year-after-year-after-year, but just 10, no more. Franklin can’t get over the hump and beat Ohio State or Michigan, but maybe he can just join them? But the Kevin Durant model only works when you’re Kevin Durant, not James Harden (cause Franklin doesn’t show up in big games.)
Franklin has the talent at Penn State to punch with the heavyweights in the Big Ten, but he hasn’t done it since 2016. Michigan may convince itself that it could fix Franklin, but it would be a mistake to take a guy that a coach on your own staff shoved into a locker this season.