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Where does the 2023 Michigan football schedule rank in the Big Ten?

The Wolverines’ schedule, once again, is rated quite low compared to other Big Ten programs.



2023 Michigan football schedule, Big Ten conference

Recently, College Football News released their Big Ten schedule rankings for the upcoming college football season. Here is where the 2023 Michigan football schedule ranks among its peers in the Big Ten conference.

2023 Michigan football schedule ranks second-to-last among all Big Ten conference programs

Last year, the Michigan Wolverines were bashed incessantly for the program’s poor schedule, which ultimately saw Michigan finish the season 12-0 overall before demolishing Purdue in the Big Ten title game, 43-22. Heading into a brand new season this year, the storylines surrounding the 2023 Michigan football schedule are quite similar with those that were around last year — the Wolverines are playing zero Power Five teams in non-conference play, and national media is mad about it.

Now, obviously, the usual suspects are on the 2023 Michigan football schedule: Michigan State, Penn State, Ohio State, and the rest of the Big Ten East should be a solid challenge for the Wolverines this fall. Additionally, a series of tough road trips (Nebraska, Minnesota, Michigan State, Penn State, and Maryland) are all harder than you may expect, especially since all of those teams would love nothing more than a home victory over Michigan football.

According to College Football News, the Wolverines’ schedule ranks second-to-last in the Big Ten conference, only ahead of the Penn State Nittany Lions. Here is what CFN had to say about the 2023 Michigan football schedule and why it is ranked so low:

“Seriously, what else would you like, Michigan, to crank up a third straight massive season? How about this schedule full of relative fluff early on? Nebraska should be better, and the finishing kick is nasty, but if the team is that good again, it should go into the Ohio State game with no more than one loss.”

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