Let's bounce around the world and back – all in the search for a starting quarterback at Michigan.

Let’s start in Chicago.

At Big Ten media days last week, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said three quarterbacks were “tied for first” for the Wolverines' starting spot – redshirt junior Wilton Speight, redshirt freshman Brandon Peters and senior John O’Korn.

"Fair, open, honest competition – healthy in all ways," Harbaugh said. "Throw the balls out there and let the best one prevail. You would like it where it’s the best to everybody. Somebody really emerges. Gets separation. That usually takes 10 to 15 practices.”

Would Harbaugh really bench Speight, the returning starter? Remember what Harbaugh said after the Maryland game last year, after Speight passed for a school record 292 yards in the first half: “Yeah, that was statistically, just the eyeball test, that's the best half of football I've ever seen a Michigan quarterback play."

Would Harbaugh really start Peters in his debut, in a huge game against Florida on Sept.2 at AT&T Stadium in Texas? That would take some serious guts.

Would he go with O’Korn?

Or is this just an overhyped quarterback battle to make all three work harder?

I think it's a real quarterback battle. Harbaugh would go with any of the three, if one outplays the others over the next few weeks.

Speight has to have the inside edge, if only because he started 12 of the 13 games last season. But in his last five starts – three of which were losses – he threw five touchdowns with five interceptions. To be fair, he had an injured shoulder and we don’t know how that affected him in any of those games.

In the Orange Bowl loss to Florida State, Speight completed 21 of 38 passes for 163 yards, with a touchdown and an interception for a 94.7 passer efficiency rating, his second worst of the season.

Still, Harbaugh praised him after the season.

“Wilton Speight had a phenomenal year,” Harbaugh said, “and improved game by game by game and truly will go into next year as one of the top quarterbacks in the country. I truly believe that.”