If there is any team in the country you can count on to be the hardest working bunch, that would be John Harbaugh’s group in Ann Arbor. With no days off, he is committed to developing the best personnel possible. Unfortunately for him, the Big 10 is back and as dominant as ever. Ohio State is looking like the deepest team in the country, while Penn State returns one of the favorites for the Heisman trophy in Trace McSorley. If Michigan receives a playoff bid in Harbaugh’s fourth try, it will undoubtedly be well deserved.
As the John Harbaugh experiment enters year four, the Wolverines will look to make a playoff push. With quarterback Shea Patterson now running the show, Harbaugh, the quarterback guru himself, will have his most talented signal caller since his days with Andrew Luck. Like rival Big Ten teams Ohio State and Penn State, Michigan will boast one of the most talented defenses in the nation, led by all-world safety Khaleke Hudson. The only thing standing in Michigan’s way, however, is a daunting schedule that has been there Achilles heal in years past. Adding Notre Dame to an already stacked lineup will likely prove too much for the Wolverines. Even if they somehow win two out of their three games against Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Penn State, it still might not be enough. Not to mention a road game against in-state rival Michigan State that will also be a tough challenge. Harbaugh has been tremendous and has recruited some of the best defensive talents in the country, but the schedule will likely provide too much, and the Wolverines will miss the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.
Record: Wins 10, Losses 2
Week 1: Michigan 28, Notre Dame 21 (W)
Week 2: Michgain 42, Western Michigan 10 (W)
Week 3: Michigan 35, SMU 14 (W)
Week 4: Michigan 34, Nebraska 17 (W)
Week 5: Michigan 38, Northwestern 14 (W)
Week 6: Michigan 42, Maryland 17 (W)
Week 7: Michigan 30, Wisconsin 20 (W)
Week 8: Michigan 24, Michigan State 23 (W)
Week 9: Bye
Week 10: Michigan 20, Penn State 24 (L)
Week 11: Michigan 45, Rutgers 7 (W)
Week 12: Michigan 38, Indiana 10 (W)
Week 13: Michigan 17, Ohio State 20 (L)