The Big Ten is full of pivotal contests today. Ohio State and Wisconsin are currently in a tight battle in Columbus. Tonight, Michigan hosts Notre Dame is one of the most anticipated games in college football this season.
The Fighting Irish are fighting to stay in the College Football Playoff conversation. A win keeps them in the hunt. A loss would likely eliminate any possibility of being selected to the playoff.
For Michigan, the Wolverines have underwhelmed once again. Jim Harbaugh continues to be out-coached and the Wolverines outplayed when facing ranked opponents. But a win against Notre Dame tonight would stop the criticism for the time being.
Chris Fowler took to Twitter to discuss tonight's pivotal contest. Fowler revealed Michigan's biggest "concern" for tonight's game might just be the weather and its effect on UM QB Shea Patterson.
"Supposed to be very sloppy and rainy when Michigan takes on Notre Dame ... [Shea] Patterson has to make an adjustment.," Fowler said. "He likes to use a glove ... If the rain is heavy, you cannot use a glove. It just gets way too slick they say. He's going to have to get out of his comfort zone, take off the glove and try to barehand the football."
You can watch Fowler's full video below.
For a quarterback which struggles with turnovers, Patterson will have to hold onto the football tonight. Doing so could be the difference in tonight's game.
Michigan-Notre Dame kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.