Harbaugh: Patterson will start at QB for Michigan vs Irish

              File This Oct. 21, 2017, file photo shows then Mississippi quarterback Shea Patterson (20) being sacked by LSU linebacker Arden Key (49) in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss. Home games against Penn State and Wisconsin also present challenges for Michigan and former Ole Miss starter Patterson. Patterson is expected to be the team’s quarterback even though Harbaugh insists there’s still an open competition for the job. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No. 14 Michigan will start quarterback Shea Patterson in the season opener at No. 12 Notre Dame.

Coach Jim Harbaugh made the announcement Monday. He had earlier said Patterson was simply one of four quarterbacks competing to take the first snap, along with Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton.

Most expected the decision to start the experienced Patterson, who appealed to the NCAA to play this season after transferring from Mississippi. He threw for 3,000-plus yards with 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions over 10 starts at Ole Miss.

Peters started four games last season with uneven results. McCaffrey, a redshirt freshman, and Milton, a true freshman, haven’t taken a snap in college.