A lot of fans and experts are looking at the 2018 season as Jim Harbaugh’s time to step up at Michigan. The Wolverines have not won a division title in Harbaugh’s first three seasons and are coming off a disappointing 8-5 campaign.
Michigan is going to have plenty of chances for signature wins in 2018 — perhaps too many. The Wolverines will have the toughest schedule in the nation next season, 247Sports says. ESPN had some numbers to back that up.
In ESPN’s recently released Football Power Index rankings for 2018, Michigan checked in at No. 11. Five of its opponents — No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 8 Penn State, No. 10 Michigan State and No. 12 Wisconsin — are in the top 12.
So nearly half of Michigan’s games in 2018 will come against teams that enter the season with serious College Football Playoff aspirations. And three of those five games — at Notre Dame, at Michigan State and at Ohio State — come away from Ann Arbor.
Michigan brings back a lot of talent on both sides of the ball in 2018, and the program could get another boost if quarterback transfer Shea Patterson is declared eligible. But if Harbaugh is going to lead Michigan to its first College Football Playoff berth in 2018, it’s going to take an impressive effort to get there.
Michigan football 2018 schedule
- Sept. 1 – at Notre Dame
- Sept. 8 – vs. Western Michigan
- Sept. 15 – vs. SMU
- Sept. 22 – vs. Nebraska
- Sept. 29 – at Northwestern
- Oct. 6 – vs. Maryland
- Oct. 13 – vs. Wisconsin
- Oct. 20 – at Michigan State
- Nov. 3 – vs. Penn State
- Nov. 10 – at Rutgers
- Nov. 17 – vs. Indiana
- Nov. 24 – at Ohio State
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