Michigan’s 2018 schedule looks incredibly difficult; the skepticism Jim Harbaugh faces this season

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Michigan’s 2018 schedule looks incredibly difficult

Nick Baumgardner of the Detroit Free Press examines the Wolverines’ 2018 schedule, which 247Sports ranked as the most difficult in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision earlier this week. This season the Wolverines will play five of the top 12 teams in ESPN’s FPI. On Wednesday the network released its preseason Football Power Index, compiled by using team performance, returning starters, head coaching consistency and recruiting rankings over the last four years. Michigan is at No. 11.

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The skepticism Jim Harbaugh faces next season

Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples explains how the skepticism Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh faces from fans has changed over the last year and makes his prediction for what would happen if the Wolverines lose to Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State again next season.

2018 recruiting class to use ranking as motivation

The Wolverines’ 2018 recruiting class has heard the criticism, and they’re using it as motivation. Four-star defensive end Aidan Hutchinson said about the criticism, “We’ve read all of the national articles talking about how disappointing of a group we are compared to other programs. It’s definitely something that motivates you.”

Projecting Wolverines’ 2018 defensive and special teams depth chart

Land of 10’s Rachel Lenzi projects Michigan’s 2018 depth charts for defense and special teams. The good news: Michigan returns all but two starters on defense.

WRs Donovan Peoples-Jones, Tarik Black set to break out

Lenzi predicts that wide receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones and Tarik Black will have breakout seasons in 2018. And they need to: Their production as sophomores this fall will be crucial to Michigan’s success.

Michigan track and field’s Claire Kieffer-Wright wins Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week

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