Other than few hijinks in Italy we are about to go full submarine for many months. So based on what you drank today, have at it...
Last year I went into the fall saying it was a 3 game season - @MSU, @Iowa, @OSU. Overestimated MSU and underestimated Wiscy and Colorado. The difficulty of big road games still weight over this program even as Harbaugh has ascended.
This year, I say it's a 4 game season - FL (neutral site), @PSU, @WI, OSU. MSU will always be tough as we are their everything but with about 39 scholarship players looking like they will be available for that game the way things are going, I'm going to mark that down as a win, esp in AA.
Cincy, Air Force (tricky offense), @Purdue, @Debord (no longer chaos), Rutgers, Row The Boat (tm), @Durkin are the 7 other games. The chance for a slipup @MD as a trap game is possible right ahead of 2 monster games to end the season but I'm calling that 7-0 because this is Michigan fergodsakes. Add in Mork's Red Lockster, and I give it 8-0.
So what say you on the final 4 games now that Peters has been installed the 2:1 favorite for Heisman. Based on WHEN the game happens (UM SHOULD improve dramatically AS THE SEASON goes on, barring a key injury to a thin area due to expansive youth), I'd rank the games in this difficulty based on opponent, location and timing.
- OSU - because always OSU [if not Fickell]. At home but OSU is going to be top 5 most likely and possibly 1 loss-ish (trap games @Iowa, @Nebraska - I guess. They get PSU at home) , and their youngish team only adds 11 games of experience.
- @PSU (mid Oct) - chaos offense with stud RB, in very difficult environment
- @UW (right before OSU) - I don't know enough about what Wisconsin returns on offense but they should have a very good defense in a raucous environment. It's a slugest team built to matchup with what UM does.
- UF (neutral, very early but a team with many questions) - 2 youngish teams, should be a defensive slugfest. First one to 14 wins. 4 months of offensive planning by Harbaugh and Pep >>>> 400 months of planning by Nussmeier. Wildcard is if Zaire shows up on UF campus.