Brady Quinn's Notre Dame Fighting Irish open with Michigan this season. The FS1 analyst is pretty bullish on Jim Harbaugh's club.
Quinn was asked about the Week 1 match-up by Michigan blog Wolverines Wire.
He is high on Shea Patterson, the quarterback transfer from Ole Miss who is expected to start for the Wolverines this season.
Quarterback has been a problem area for Harbaugh during his time at Michigan. After the team suffered a bit of a slide in 2017, Harbaugh is starting to feel some pressure to get his alma mater over the hump.
Brady Quinn thinks that could happen this year, and thinks Michigan could be in the College Football Playoff picture if they start out hot.
From the blog:
"I think this team – depending on how things go against Notre Dame, could all of a sudden be one of the teams we’re talking about in consideration for playing in the college football playoff.”
To be fair to Harbaugh and Michigan, the team was very much in the discussion for the 2016 College Football Playoff. Its bowl loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl marred that bit.
As Notre Dame quarterback, Quinn was 2-2 against Michigan during his college career. The two squads used to face off almost every season.
After his alma mater's ACC arrangement, it has had to cut back on some of its rivalry games. This is the first time they've faced off since 2014.