Michigan misses Illinois and Purdue this year on the schedule, two winless conference teams.
That got me thinking - doesn't this seem to happen alot? The years we "miss" opponents, they're way down.
I didn't go as far to look at typically bad teams that have "up" years when we do finally play them (example: we played 6-2 Illinois in 2007. We didn't play them in 2006 or 2005, and they went a combined 1-15 in league play).
Anyway, here's what I found (all records are league games only).
- The overall record of league opponents we don't play over the past 8+ seasons is 62-91 (.405)
- Since 2005, the BEST combined records of opponents we've missed on the schedule is .500 (2012 / 2011 / 2009)
- We didn't/won't play the worst team in the league in 2005 (0-8 Illinois), 2006 (1-7 Illinois), 2008 1-7 Indiana), 2011 (0-8 Indiana), and 2013 (0-2 Illinois [lost past 16 conf games) + 0-3 Purdue