Despite a 10-game winning streak last season, the Michigan Football finished the 2018 campaign on an unbelievably sour note, getting run off the field by Ohio State then suffering the same in the Peach Bowl against Florida. Now it’s into year five under Jim Harbaugh for Michigan football and the questions are swirling about whether he can actually get them to the top of the Big Ten, specifically over rival Ohio State.
Michigan Football Schedule 2019
Game 1: vs Middle Tennessee
This is as classic of a tune-up game as you can imagine against a good-not-great Middle Tennessee team. The Blue Raiders don’t have the horses to keep pace with the Wolverines in Ann Arbor.
Game 2: vs Army
This will be an interesting test for Michigan given the turnover on the defensive side of the ball. They should be able to get the win, though, based on overwhelmingly superior talent.
Game 3: vs Wisconsin
We’re going to know early in the season if Michigan football can get over the hump, or at least have an indication, thanks to this matchup. Wisconsin will give the Wolverines all they can handle but the Maize and Blue will prevail.
Game 4: vs Rutgers
It’s Rutgers against a top-tier Big Ten opponent. That rarely — if ever — ends well for the Scarlet Knights.
Game 5: vs Iowa
A matchup against the Hawkeyes is never an easy thing and this one could get ugly. However, the explosiveness of the Wolverines should push them through to 5-0.
Game 6: vs Illinois
Brandon Peters is now transferring to Illinois but that won’t help the Fighting Illini get the win here.
Game 7: vs Penn State
Even though Harbaugh and co. have to travel to Happy Valley, this Penn State team should have their share of struggles in 2019 and this game will be among them.
Game 8: vs Notre Dame
This is a big one for Michigan football as it could be a season-defining moment in Ann Arbor. While Notre Dame should be quite good, the Wolverines prevail in a close one at home.
Game 9: vs Maryland
We’ve seen Maryland be quite feisty in spurts in recent years and this could be a trap game for Michigan. Even still, the talent in Ann Arbor should be too strong
Game 10: vs Michigan State
Always a tough game for the Wolverines, their rivals from East Lansing should present a tough challenge. In the Big House, however, Harbaugh’s team should pull out a crucial victory late in the year.
Game 11: vs Indiana
There’s always the chance that Michigan could be looking ahead to Ohio State but that shouldn’t be much of a concern against the Hoosiers.
Game 12: vs Ohio State
With a perfect season on the line, this would be the perfect time for Michigan to lose again to Ohio State. However, I’m all-in on this being the year and, with that, the Wolverines top the rival Buckeyes to likely earn a trip to the College Football Playoff.