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CFB Analyst Names Big Ten “Dark Horse” For 2018

General view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium.

ANN ARBOR, MI - APRIL 01: General view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The 2018 college football season will begin in less than four months. We can’t wait.

The Big Ten should be pretty loaded this season. Ohio State is a national title contender, Michigan State returns almost all of its starters and Wisconsin should be a force as well.

Penn State should also be in the Big Ten mix, and Michigan could be as well. The Wolverines seemingly got a big boost with the recent news that prized transfer QB Shea Patterson will be eligible this fall.

USA TODAY’s Paul Myerberg is pretty high on Michigan. He named them a Big Ten dark horse this past week.

Here’s what Myerberg had to say:

The Wolverines’ chances improved dramatically when Mississippi quarterback transfer Shea Patterson was named eligible for 2018.

Michigan has to face Michigan State, Ohio State and Notre Dame on the road, so they have a tough road ahead. However, maybe they are due to overachieve now that they aren't one of the favorites.

Michigan opens up its 2018 season at Notre Dame on Sept. 1.