The 2017 Schedule, Ranked

The 2017 Schedule, Ranked

Submitted by Ace on June 16th, 2017 at 11:35 AM


Penn State is getting some dark horse playoff hype. [Bryan Fuller]

While we've entered the darkest days of the offseason, there's a beacon of hope: programs not named Michigan State now have a good idea of how their roster and depth chart will look this fall. Since I penned the opponent previews (save Ohio State, which was put in the ever-capable hands of Ross Fulton) for HTTV 2017, which you can preorder right here (or grab the digital version here), I figured I'd run down the 2017 schedule by expected difficulty.

This takes into account opponent quality, location of the game, time of the season (i.e. it's better to catch Florida early while Malik Zaire is still getting the offense down), and whatnot.

TIER I: THE EAST ELITES

1. Ohio State (home, Nov. 25)

While serious consideration was given to Penn State, The Game is The Game, and Ohio State's talent level remains ridiculous even after considerable turnover from last year's squad. The JT Barrett-Mike Weber backfield will be among the best in the country, and the offense will feature new wrinkles with former Indiana coach Kevin Wilson combining his light-speed approach with Urban Meyer's power spread.

Ohio State's defensive strength also happens to coincide with Michigan's greatest offensive concern. The Buckeyes boast four defensive ends who'd start—and star—on just about any team in the country: Tyquan Lewis, Sam Hubbard, Nick Bosa, and Jalyn Holmes. Hopefully, Michigan has figured out their right tackle situation by Thanksgiving.

2. Penn State (road, Oct. 21)

I understand the inclination to dismiss Penn State based on last year's 49-10 win. I really do. That said, PSU's offense took off last year under first-year coordinator Joe Moorhead, and I'd probably have them first on this list if top wideout Chris Godwin didn't move on to the NFL. Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley may be as good, if not better, than the Barrett-Weber duo.

There are still reasons to doubt this team, chief among them an offensive line that remained awful at run-blocking last year and a defensive front seven that lacks star power. Also: James Franklin is still in charge of game management decisions. This offense is going to be tough to stop, though, and Michigan will have to do it in a road night game at Happy Valley.

[Hit THE JUMP for the rest of the schedule.]

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2017 Michigan Football Schedule

2017 Michigan Football Schedule

Submitted by Seth on May 29th, 2016 at 9:56 PM

2017 Football Schedule & Rankings

Date Opponent Location Off Def 2017 Proj* Line Time/TV (ET)
Sept. 2 Florida Dallas, TX 88th 4th 17.8 (15th) n/a 3:30/Fox
Sept. 9 Cincinnati Ann Arbor, MI 105th 53rd -2.3 (75th) n/a noon/ABC/ESPN
Sept. 16 Air Force Ann Arbor, MI 52nd 85th -12.7 (116th) n/a noon/BTN
Sept. 23 @Purdue W. Lafayette, IN 94th 99th -6.6 (87th) n/a 3:30
bye
Oct. 7 Michigan State Ann Arbor, MI 66th 41st 5.1 (44th) n/a TBA
Oct. 14 @Indiana Bloomington, IN 67th 31st 6.5 (39th) n/a noon
Oct. 21 @Penn State State College, PA  18th 14th 21.4 (8th) n/a TBA
Oct. 28 Rutgers Ann Arbor, MI 125th 56th -7.3 (92nd) n/a noon
Nov. 4 Minnesota Ann Arbor, MI 84th 23rd 4.4 (47th) n/a TBA
Nov. 11 @Maryland College Park, MD 86th 79th -1.5 (72nd) n/a TBA
Nov. 18 @Wisconsin Madison, WI 49th 7th 18.6 (11th) n/a TBA
Nov. 25 Ohio State Ann Arbor, MI 23rd 5th 26.0 (2nd) n/a noon

*Offense and defense ranking are currently 2016, by S&P+. Bill Connelly's ratings reflect how many more points they would be expected to score against an average FBS team. Ranking is out of 130 FBS teams.

2018 Schedule

Date Opponent
Sept. 1 @Notre Dame
Sept. 8 [OPEN]
Sept. 15 SMU
Sept. 22 Nebraska
Sept. 29 @Northwestern
Oct. 6 Maryland
Oct. 13 Wisconsin
Oct. 20 @Michigan State
Oct. 27 [OPEN]
Nov. 3 Penn State
Nov. 10 @Rutgers
Nov. 17 Indiana
Nov. 24 @Ohio State

2019 Schedule

Date Opponent
Aug. 31 [Open]
Sept. 7 [Open]
Sept. 14 [Open]
Sept. 21 @Wisconsin
Sept. 28 Rutgers
Oct. 5 Iowa
Oct. 12 @Illinois
Oct. 19 @Penn State
Oct. 26 Notre Dame
Nov. 2 @Maryland
Nov. 9 [Open]
Nov. 16 Michigan State
Nov. 23 @Indiana
Nov. 30 Ohio State

2020 Schedule

Date Opponent Note
Sept. 5 @Washington Rachel Fisher promised we are going. Book it.
Sept. 12 Ball State  
Sept. 19 Virginia Tech  

2021 Schedule

Date Opponent
Sept. 11 @Virginia Tech
Sept. 18 Washington

2022 Schedule

Date Opponent
Sept. 10 UCLA

2023 Schedule

Date Opponent
Sept. 2 @UCLA

2024 Schedule

Date Opponent
Aug. 31 Texas

2025 Schedule

Date Opponent
Sept. 6 @Oklahoma

2026 Schedule

Date Opponent
Sept. 12 Oklahoma

2027 Schedule

Date Opponent
Sept. 4 @Texas