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Comparing The Schedules For Ohio State, Michigan In 2018

A general view of the Ohio State Buckeyes football field.

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 24: The Ohio State Marching Band performs the Script Ohio before the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Let's take a look at the 2018 football schedules for both Ohio State and Michigan.

Ohio State and Michigan will renew their rivalry again in 2018, and this time, both teams will have new starting quarterbacks. The Wolverines landed five-star transfer Shea Patterson, and it's possible that he's immediately eligible due to Ole Miss' NCAA troubles. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, will be moving on from J.T. Barrett, who has graduated.

But what about the 11 games leading up to next year's contest? Let's take a look at which team has the harder slate.

Michigan's three non-con opponents are Notre Dame, Western Michigan and SMU. Ohio State, meanwhile, has Oregon State, TCU and Tulane.


Ohio State

Week 1

at Notre Dame

Oregon State

Week 2

Western Michigan


Week 3


TCU (Arlington)

Week 4



Week 5

at Northwestern

at Penn State

Week 6



Week 7



Week 8

at Michigan State

at Purdue

Week 9



Week 10

Penn State


Week 11

at Rutgers

at Michigan State

Week 12


at Maryland

Week 13

at Ohio State


The Wolverines get Big Ten West crossover opponents Wisconsin, Nebraska and Northwestern. Ohio State gets Minnesota, Purdue and Nebraska.Verdict: Michigan has the slightly harder schedule. The Wolverines have harder Big Ten West crossover opponents. Regardless, both teams should be title contenders in 2018.