2. Not scheduling a power five opponent in the non-conference will be noticeable
This could be a true statement. We won’t know for sure until at least November rolls around, but Michigan football will be in a different mindset by then.
The Big Ten opener against Rutgers in two weeks will bring out the best in the Scarlet Knights. They hung with the Wolverines the last time they visited Ann Arbor in 2021. With no disrespect to Bowling Green, that should be a walk in the park.
As far as the Big Ten goes, Minnesota is 2-0 but travels to Chapel Hill next Saturday. The Spartans are 2-0 but may have a serious situation developing with Mel Tucker.
Penn State, Maryland, and Ohio State are a combined 6-0, with only the Nittany Lions leaving up to their ranking so far. November is still miles away.
Michigan got criticized for not meeting anyone out of the conference in 2022 and we all saw how that turned out.
The Wolverines beat up on Washington in 2021, who lost to Montana in their opener a week prior. So I would expect Rutgers to give Michigan football some adversity, along with Nebraska and Minnesota on the road.
Going to have to call this an overreaction, until Michigan gets pushed to its limit.