Following today's blowout loss to the Wisconsin Badgers, it's time to look at the remaining games on the schedule for the Michigan Wolverines.
Michigan entered this season with playoff aspirations. Any thought about making the College Football Playoff is suddenly on life support in Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines didn't just lose to the Badgers, they looked unprepared for the challenge. Bye weeks usually give programs a chance to fix lingering issues, yet it didn't help Jim Harbaugh and his staff fix their offensive struggles.
Fans in Michigan are already panicking about the team's outlook for the rest of the season. The upcoming schedule doesn't do the school any favors.
ESPN's FPI actually predicts the Wolverines to finish with an 8-4 record.
Here is how the rest of Michigan's schedule will shape out, per ESPN's FPI:
September 28 – vs. Rutgers: 95.9%
October 5 – vs. Iowa: 66.5%
October 12 – at Illinois: 88.2%
October 19 – at Penn State: 33.0%
October 26 – vs. Notre Dame: 32.5%
November 2 – at Maryland: 59.3%
November 16 - vs. Michigan State - 63.1%
November 23 – at Indiana: 78.0%
November 30 – vs. Ohio State: 31.5%
The FPI has Michigan losing to Penn State, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
With an absolute grind of a schedule coming up, Michigan has to have a do-or-die philosophy the rest of the season. It all starts next week when the Wolverines host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.