Since the Michigan Wolverines suffered an embarrassing loss to the Wisconsin Badgers, they’ve responded nicely with wins over Rutgers and Iowa. Jim Harbaugh’s team is trending in the right direction, but the upcoming schedule isn’t going to do them any favors.
The biggest knock on Harbaugh’s tenure in Ann Arbor is his inability to consistently defeat ranked opponents. He’ll get plenty of chances to debunk that narrative this fall.
As of right now, the Wolverines have three opponents on their schedule that rank inside the top 1o – Ohio State, Notre Dame and Penn State.
ESPN’s Football Power Index predicted each game on Michigan’s schedule. Those predictions feature a few more losses on the horizon for the Wolverines.
Here is how the rest of Michigan’s schedule will shape out, per ESPN’s FPI:
October 12 – at Illinois: 91.1%
October 19 – at Penn State: 21.6%
October 26 – vs. Notre Dame: 34.7%
November 2 – at Maryland: 70.4%
November 16 – vs. Michigan State – 62.4%
November 23 – at Indiana: 73.6%
November 30 – vs. Ohio State: 17.1%
The FPI has Michigan losing to Penn State, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
If these projections end up happening, the Wolverines would finish the season with an 8-4 record. That’d be a disappointing mark for a team that entered the season with such high expectations.
Michigan fans – how do you see the remaining games on the schedule playing out?