Good thing the 12-team playoff is coming in 2024 because the updated Michigan football schedule is going to be brutal.
All the people who have been ripping Michigan football’s non-conference schedule over the past two years won’t have anything to say about the Wolverines slate in 2024.
The Big Ten released updated Big Ten opponents (home and away) through the 2028 season following the additions of Washington and Oregon.
The 2024 season was always going to be tough for the Wolverines. Texas is set to come to Ann Arbor next September for a marquee non-conference matchup.
However, the Wolverines are also playing four of the best teams in the Big Ten next season with games against Ohio State, USC, Washington, and Oregon.
The good news is that two of those games are at home, as well as eight total. But based on the current AP poll, Michigan football would be facing five top-10 teams in 2024.
USC, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas, and Washington should all be ranked going into next season, so there will be plenty of chances to build the resume. As of right now, those five teams are a combined 30-0 in the 2023 season.
Another bit of good news is that the 12-team playoff will start in 2024. So if Michigan football is able to go 10-2, it would likely be ranked in the top 10 with that schedule, which should be enough to earn a playoff berth.
That’s going to be exciting. Hopefully, J.J. McCarthy is back because that would make this schedule feel a lot more manageable. It would be nice to have Jim Harbaugh signed to a long-term deal, which could happen “sooner than later” according to a new report by The Wolverine.
The one sure-fire winner from the 2024 Michigan football schedule are the TV executives/companies — the ratings will be insane, just like the difficulty level.