Preview 2016

Michigan Football Schedule 2016: Ranking Toughest Opponents


What are the toughest games on the Michigan schedule? Ranked from easiest to hardest, here are how important each of the Wolverines’ games are.


How Michigan’s football team perform this season? The schedule isn’t too bad for the Wolverines to come up with a massive season, but is the team really good enough to make a run at the College Football Playoff? Check out the ranking of the Michigan football schedule from easiest to hardest.

12. Sept. 3 vs. Hawaii

The two teams have only met twice, with the Wolverines squeaking by, 48-17, in 1998 and winning, 27-10, in 1986. This is the first time the two play in Ann Arbor, and it won’t be pretty.

11. Sept. 10 vs. UCF

It’s the first game ever between the two schools, and after Scott Frost takes the Nebraska head coaching gig two years from now, it won’t be the last meeting between two of the games hottest coaches.

10. Sept. 17 vs. Colorado

Michigan has won three of the four all-time meetings between the two schools. No one remembers a single thing about the Wolverine victories. The 27-26 Colorado win in 1994 still haunts every Maize and Blue paraphernalia-wearer old enough to remember it.

9. Oct. 22 vs. Illinois

We all love college football, but let’s be honest – these two coaches should be battling it out in a 49ers vs. Buccaneers showdown. It’s a nice break for the Wolverines coming off a bye week.

8. Nov. 5 vs. Maryland

How much is D.J. Durkin able to know and handle about his old team? It won’t really matter, but this is a sandwich game for the Wolverines coming in between road dates at Michigan State and Iowa.

7. Nov. 19 vs. Indiana

Last year, the Hoosiers gave the Wolverines a nightmare of a time in one of the best games of the Big Ten season. This year, it’s snuggled right in between road games and Iowa and Ohio State.

6. Oct. 8 at Rutgers

It seems so crazy now, but Rutgers won the first ever meeting between the two schools at home in 2014. This is a road game again for Michigan coming before getting week off. It’s also the first time all season long the Wolverines have to go outside of Ann Arbor.

5. Sept. 24 vs. Penn State

The Nittany Lions took control of the series with four straight wins before Michigan won the last two. It’s the Big Ten opener and it’s at home for Michigan coming off the Colorado game. Expect a defensive slugfest.

4. Oct. 1 vs. Wisconsin

There’s a chance this might be the showdown of the two best teams of the respective B1G divisions. It’s the first time the two teams have played since 2010 and Michigan hasn’t won since 2008. It’s a desperate time for the Badgers with LSU and Michigan State already in the books, and Ohio State coming up.

3. Nov. 12 at Iowa

2005 was the last time Michigan won at Iowa, and if things go according to plan for both schools, this might be the biggest national battle between the two since the America Needs Farmers game in 1985. There’s a great chance the Wolverines will be 9-0 going into this if they can win …

2. Oct. 29 at Michigan State

After losing three in a row and seven of the last eight, and with the way last year’s game ended in one of the most unbelievable finishes ever, it’s way, way, way past time for big brother to apply a noogie. It’s only the second road game of the year, and it’s kind of a big deal.

1. Nov. 26 at Ohio State

Michigan can do everything right. It can go 11-0. It can win at Michigan State. It can blow everyone out of the water. It can be the No. 1 team in the CFP, it can have everything going well, and it can get a great head of steam running up to finally be able to kick the ball. But without a brilliant performance, Lucy will be right there in Columbus to yank away the dream by winning for the fifth year in a row.