Week 1 of college football is finally here and we already have some early playoff predictions to over analyze. Everyone knows the favorites to not only make the playoff, but also bid for the championship. Alabama and Clemson ring a bell?
Forty-two leading college football analysts were polled at ESPN. Everyone from the College GameDay crew all the way to the regional-based reporters were polled for the exercise. While Clemson was the only unanimous choice, five different teams were picked to win it all, with Michigan being one of those five. Alabama, Wisconsin and Georgia were the other predictions to win the Championship.
Former Heisman Trophy winner, Desmond Howard, was the only analyst to choose Michigan to win the championship. It’s not that surprising Howard chose his alma mater to win it all. But he doesn’t always choose Michigan. Last season he had Wisconsin winning the Big Ten in his preseason predictions.
Five other analysts had Michigan making the playoffs at least — Marty Smith, Dan Orlovsky, Cole Cubelic, Rod Gilmore and Todd Blackledge.
The Big Ten is ridiculously loaded this season, so Michigan will have its hands full on this prediction. But the Wolverines have Shea Patterson and are expected to improve offensively.
Michigan opens the season this Saturday with a long awaited rivalry against Note Dame. The Wolverines need to make big wins right out of the gate in order to have any shot at the College Football Playoffs this year.