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Michigan Football currently has the third-most difficult schedule in 2020

The Wolverines are still seen as having one of the toughest schedules of the 2020 campaign.

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We are still waiting to see what the 2020 college football season will officially look like, but as of now everything is still on as scheduled as it pertains to the slate of games. The Michigan Wolverines typically have a tough schedule yearly given the conference and division they play in and this year will be no different.

According to numbers run by, Michigan heads into the 2020 season with the third-toughest schedule in the country trailing only Purdue (255.22) and Georgia Tech (223.97). SBD says its calculations are not only based on winning percentage, but also last year’s efficiency numbers for teams and how much production they lost ahead of this season.

Here is the top 25 based on SBD’s algorithm:

SBD’s Strength of Schedule Rankings

Rank Team Conference SOS Total
Rank Team Conference SOS Total
1 Purdue Big Ten 255.22
2 Georgia Tech ACC 223.97
3 Michigan Big Ten 211.92
4 Nebraska Big Ten 210.8
5 Vanderbilt SEC 195.22
6 Iowa Big Ten 190.39
7 Michigan State Big Ten 183.86
8 Colorado Pac-12 179.85
9 South Carolina SEC 179.19
10 Wisconsin Big Ten 170.24
11 Arkansas SEC 159.38
12 Northwestern Big Ten 139.78
13 Houston AAC 135.17
14 Ohio State Big Ten 133.95
15 Alabama SEC 133.05
16 South Florida AAC 132.41
17 Indiana Big Ten 129.67
18 Kansas Big-12 129.51
19 Maryland Big Ten 128.16
20 LSU SEC 122.13
21 West Virginia Big-12 116.39
22 USC Pac-12 115.12
23 Notre Dame Independent 113.13
24 TCU Big-12 109.85
25 Georgia SEC 108.32

2020 Schedule

Sept. 5 at Washington
Sept. 12 vs. Ball State
Sept. 19 vs. Arkansas State
Sept. 26 vs. Wisconsin
Oct. 3 vs. Penn State
Oct. 10 at Michigan State
Oct. 17 at Minnesota
Oct. 24 vs. Purdue (homecoming)
Oct. 31 — BYE
Nov. 7 vs. Maryland
Nov. 14 at Rutgers
Nov. 21 vs. Indiana
Nov. 28 at Ohio State

Because the Wolverines play in the Big Ten East, that schedule is typically going to be loaded. On the years where Wisconsin is also on the slate, this is even more true. Given that Michigan always tests itself with at least one strong non-conference opponent and they are always going to rank fairly high here.

It will be interesting to see how home-field advantage this season is affected by either few or no fans being allowed to attend games as we try to pull ourselves out of the coronavirus pandemic as a country. Normally, you would feel pretty good about your chances against a Wisconsin or Penn State at home due to the environment, but it will obviously be a very different year. On the flip side, perhaps that makes a trip to Columbus just a little less daunting, as well.

We will see what happens, but if Michigan is able to break through its 9-10 ceiling that has been established, it will be well-earned. The good news about any breakthrough seasons for Michigan is that nobody can argue they will have skated through the schedule.