May 9, 2016
The 2016 Michigan squad has College Football Playoff aspirations, but the Wolverines must capitalize on a home-heavy early schedule before hitting the road down the stretch.
Returning starters all over the roster highlight Jim Harbaugh’s second year at his alma mater, so the Maize and Blue should enjoy a fast start to the season.
While that experience and a soft schedule will allow new contributors to steadily become comfortable, Michigan must be ready for a tough slate beginning on Oct. 29. The Big Ten’s top three finishers from 2015 await the Wolverines.
And the level of success—or lack thereof—in those contests will determine whether Michigan reaches the Big Ten Championship Game and potentially the CFP.
Note: Some predictions may change at a later date, especially when we have a better idea of what to expect from programs like Michigan State and Ohio State. But most results won’t change.