Although this is still one of the toughest schedules overall in the country, I like how it lays out going forward for the following reasons:
1. The opponents and matchups get progressively more difficult for the most part allowing an improving team time and opportunity to develop talent and depth.
2. There is a nice break for the bye week to heal up with 4 games to go - not too early and not too late. It also breaks up the "murderers row" of Wisconsin, MSU, and PSU.
3. We have a couple of light games before OSU instead of recent years with physical road matches against Iowa and Wisconsin the week before The Game.
4. The road games (other than OSU) are not in pits of hell like Iowa or PSU. Northwestern will have more Michigan fans than the home team. MSU is not that loud or hostile - they can't even sell the place out regularly. Rutgers is Rutgers.
If the team continues to show improvement and we get some breaks, we could roll into Columbus at 10-1 and ready for a 2006 type of showdown with the Bucknuts. I'm not saying it will be easy but I think if the team continues its upward trajectory, it is doable. This is especially true if injured players such as Evans, Solomon, and Black return to gives us a boost along the way.
Sept. 29 @Northwestern 4:30, Fox
Oct. 6 Maryland Noon/TBD
Oct. 13 Wisconsin TBD
Oct. 20 @Michigan State TBD
Nov. 3 Penn State TBD
Nov. 10 @Rutgers TBD
Nov. 17 Indiana TBD
Nov. 24 @Ohio State Noon, Fox