The ESPN football analyst is extremely high on the Wolverines.
Michigan football had its most disappointing season in the Jim Harbaugh era in 2017. The Wolverines were one of the biggest disappointments in the country.
Harbaugh and Co. went 8-5 after starting the season with Big Ten title and College Football Playoff hopes. The Wolverines finished the season with three straight losses, including a really bad loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.
What’s in store for Michigan in 2018? Mel Kiper has high hopes.
The ESPN college football analyst recently said that he believes Michigan will be one of the country’s best teams. The main reason: Shea Patterson.
“There’s a lot of talent at Michigan that they can win with,” Kiper said. “I think if Shea Patterson is under center, Michigan could catapult into the top 10, maybe the top six.”
Patterson, a former five-star recruit, transferred to Michigan from Ole Miss, where he played for two seasons. NCAA sanctions prompted many of the Rebels’ top players to transfer out.
It’s unclear if Patterson will be eligible for 2018, but most expect him to be. He’s filed an appeal with the NCAA to grant immediate eligibility. That appeal is expected to be approved.
Michigan is currently ranked toward the bottom of most of the preseason top 25 polls. The Wolverines aren’t believed by some to be on the same level as Ohio State, Wisconsin or Michigan State.
Patterson could change that. Kiper is certainly a believer.