Michigan Football can achieve all of its season goals, but they need to stay focused.
After two big wins in a row against Wisconsin and Michigan State respectively, Michigan Football is off to its best start since 2016. The Wolverines are ranked No. 5 nationally in the AP poll and are in 1st place in the Big Ten East. They have all their goals in front of them, including a trip to the Big Ten Championship game and a potential birth in the College Football Playoff, but they have business to take care of before they can think about all of that.
Michigan has four games remaining on its schedule, including two ranked opponents in Penn State (No. 14) and Ohio State (No. 8). The Wolverines should be favored to win the remainder of their games, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to start celebrating.
Penn State will head to the Big House this Saturday after defeating the No. 19 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes 30-24 this past week. Last year they ran Michigan out of Beaver Stadium, but the Wolverines are much improved since then. Penn State has only lost to Ohio State and Michigan State in two very close games. They have a lot less to lose on Saturday than Michigan does and they’re going to show up to play.
Aside from its two ranked opponents remaining, Michigan has a trap game to worry about when Indiana comes to town on November 17. Although the Hoosiers have lost four straight games, they have a dangerous passing attack much like Northwestern.
Michigan’s toughest remaining game is definitely Ohio State on the road. Although the Buckeyes got blown out by Purdue a few weeks ago, they still have one of the best offenses in the country. The Wolverines will have to figure out a way to stop Dwayne Haskins and their explosive offense if they’re going to escape with a win. The Wolverines and Nittany Lions will kickoff at 3:45 EST on Saturday.