It’s the final day of our Michigan Preview week! Today we will be breaking down the Wolverines schedule. We have ranked the toughest non-conference schedule and B1G schedules and Michigan was given the 9th ranked non-conference schedule and the 5th hardest B1G schedule. I will be breaking down their schedule into three categories: Winnable games, Swing games and not a chance in hell games.
Winnable Games: C Michigan, Akron, Connecticut, Minnesota, Indiana, @Iowa
Our rankings seem to tell the story, as Michigan will be facing a pretty easy non-conference schedule providing the Wolverines with three winnable games. Though Brady Hoke and Co. have a pretty tough B1G schedule, they should be able to win against Minnesota, Indiana and @Iowa.
Swing Games: Notre Dame, @Penn St, @Michigan St, Nebraska, @Northwestern
Traveling to Happy Valley, East Lansing and Evanston looks to be a tough challenge, which could lead to a couple losses for the Wolverines. I would’ve put the home game against Notre Dame in the “Not a chance in Hell Games” but it looks much more winnable with the loss of Everett Golson. Nebraska on the other hand seems to play tough wherever they go.
Not a Chance in Hell Games: Ohio St
Urban Meyer will be coming to Ann Arbor and he will be bringing Braxton Miller with him, which looks to be bad news for the Wolverines. Though Devin Gardner is no slouch, Braxton Miller is the best player in the B1G and quite possibly all of college football. It is a rivalry game, which will surely be hard-fought, but in the end I see the Wolverines losing this one in almost every scenario.
Prediction: (8-4, 4-4 B1G)