3 takeaways from Michigan Football’s annihilation of Northern Illinois

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The schedule stiffens up as the Big Ten commences.

The preseason docket is a wrap with Michigan passing with flying colors. There’s not much more a Michigan football fan can ask for after soundly coasting through the first three weeks.

It will now shift its focus to one of the most robust lineups in the country as the Big Ten and road games come calling.

Rutgers will be a stern test for the Wolverines in week four. Greg Schiano has his squad attracting some attention for what they have done in Schiano’s second stint as head man.

They’ll bring a win-at-all-cost mentality to Michigan stadium, especially with how last season’s outcome ended in overtime at Piscataway.

Then the maize and blue will finally get their feet wet as they travel to Madison. It has been a nightmare in recent years and Michigan will have to bring the same attitude that it brought Saturday to be successful in such an intimidating environment.

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With all due respect to Rutgers, the Wisconsin affair will be the measuring stick as to how things will pan out for Michigan football in 2021.