Brady Quinn believes one team in this season’s Rose Bowl game is the clear favorite.

During the College Football Playoff preview for CBS Sports, Quinn picked Alabama to beat Michigan and return to the national championship game for the first time since the 2021-22 season.

Since their loss to Texas in week two, the Crimson Tide have won 11 straight games. This includes beating Georgia in the SEC Championship game this past weekend.

“I think Alabama is the most improved team from that loss versus Texas earlier in the season,” Quinn said.

Quinn noted that the key to Alabama’s turnaround has been the growth of its offensive line, including freshman offensive tackle Kadyn Proctor.

“He’s continually gotten better as the season gone on,” Quinn said.

Michigan, however, has concerns with its offensive line. The absence of fifth-year senior Zak Zinter, who’s out with an injury, “spells trouble” for the Wolverines, Quinn said.

“What (Alabama) can do against a Michigan offensive line that has struggled to protect JJ McCarthy, there’s some concerns,” Quinn said. “(Michigan) has depth (on the offensive line), so maybe they can get this group up to speed (before the Rose Bowl).”

Quinn wondered that if this CFP semifinal contest “becomes a track meet,” can Michigan “keep up the pace?”

“(The matchup) doesn’t fair well for Michigan,” Quinn said.

Kickoff between Alabama and Michigan is set for 5 p.m. on New Year’s Day.