2018 Michigan Wolverines Football Schedule

2018 Michigan Wolverines Football Schedule

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2018 Michigan Wolverines Football Schedule


Who does U of M play in 2018? We’ve got you covered.


2018 Michigan Wolverines Football Schedule

The Wolverines have a gauntlet in 2018.

Just ask college football analyst Matt Smith, who has Michigan atop all others, with the toughest schedule in the country.

But, the Wolverines will do their best to overcome, with a handful of tough games at home, but the bulk on the road.

Without further ado:

Notre Dame (away) – September 1 @ 7:30PM

Series record: 24-17-1

Last meeting: Notre Dame 31-0 (2014)

2017 ND record: 10-3

Setup: The last time these two rivals met was set to be the last in the storied series, with Fighting Irish AD Jack Swarbrick canceling the series before the game. The series is back on, at least for two games, and Michigan will seek to avenge its embarrassing loss the last time the two foes faced off at Notre Dame Stadium.

Western Michigan (home opener) – September 8 @ Noon

Series record: 6-0-0

Last meeting: Michigan 34-10 (2011)

2017 WMU record: 6-6

Setup: The last time the Broncos came to Michigan Stadium was in 2011, and the Wolverines rolled. WMU reached new heights under now-Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck, but struggled a year after it reached a New Year’s Six bowl. Michigan could see a familiar face in wide receiver Drake Harris, who transferred to the Kalamazoo school this offseason.

SMU (home) – September 15 @ 3:30PM

Series record: 1-0-0

Last meeting: Michigan 27-16 (1963)

2017 SMU record: 7-6

Setup: These two teams have faced once before, in 1963, before SMU faced the NCAA’s only death penalty, while Bo Schembechler was coaching the maize and blue. It’s the final non-conference game for the Wolverines in 2018.

Nebraska (home – Big Ten opener) – September 22 (TBA)

Series record: 4-4-1

Last meeting: Nebraska 17-13 (2013)

2017 NU record: 4-8

Setup: Nebraska and Michigan last faced each other in November 2013 in a winnable game for the Wolverines squandered away. Since, Nebraska fired the successful Bo Pelini in favor of Mike Riley, and the Cornhuskers haven’t been the same since. New head coach Scott Frost returns to The Big House two years after his UCF Golden Knights got trounced by the maize and blue, but one year after he led them to an undefeated season. Can Frost return Nebraska to glory in short order? We’ll see.

Northwestern (away) – September 29 (TBA)

Series record: 57-15-2

Last meeting: Michigan 38-0 (2015)

2017 NU record: 10-3

Setup: Last time Northwestern and Michigan played, both teams were ranked, but the Wolverines took the opening kickoff to the house and never looked back. Ryan Field should be a friendly Michigan audience, but the Wildcats seem to be a team on the rise.

Maryland (homecoming) – October 6 (TBA)

Series record: 6-1-0

Last meeting: Michigan 35-10 (2017)

2017 UM record: 4-8

Setup: Coached by former Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, the Terrapins were a trendy pick to do big things in 2017. After defeating Texas in the season opener, Maryland lost quarterback after quarterback to injury, and redshirt freshman QB Brandon Peters rolled in just his second start for the Wolverines. Will Maryland rebound with healthy personnel when it returns to The Big House?

Wisconsin (home) – October 13 (TBA)

Series record: 50-15-1

Last meeting: Wisconsin 24-10 (2017)

2017 UW record: 13-1

Setup: When these two Big Ten foes face off, it’s heavyweight warfare in the trenches. Michigan won a top-ten matchup in dramatic fashion in 2016, but lost on the road last season when quarterback Brandon Peters was knocked out of the game with a concussion. As the reigning Big Ten West champion, the Badgers will be a formidable matchup.

Michigan State (away) – October 20 (TBA)

Series record: 69-36-5

Last meeting: Michigan State 14-10 (2017)

2017 MSU record: 10-3

Setup: The Spartans hate the Wolverines more than vice versa, and they always come to play, usually emptying their arsenal in the process. Michigan had a winnable game at home against MSU, but failed to make plays offensively down the stretch. The last time both teams faced each other at Spartan Stadium, Michigan rolled, but head coach Mark Dantonio has an 8-3 record over the Wolverines.

Penn State (home) – November 3 (TBA)

Series record: 13-8-0

Last meeting: Penn State 42-13 (2017)

2017 PSU record: 11-2

Setup: Last time the two faced off at Michigan Stadium, the Wolverines absolutely trounced the Nittany Lions, but Penn State returned the favor in a white out last year. Gone is phenom running back Saquon Barkley, but quarterback Trace McSorley returns under center in what could be a big late-season matchup.

Rutgers (away) – November 10 (TBA)

Series record: 3-1-0

Last meeting: Michigan 35-14 (2017)

2017 RU record: 4-8

Setup: Rutgers saw a modicum of improvement under head coach Chris Ash, and rebounded from 2016’s embarrassing 77-0 loss at the hands of the Wolverines. Michigan returns to Piscataway looking to continue its three game winning streak in the series.

Indiana (home) – November 17 (TBA)

Series record: 57-9-0

Last meeting: Michigan 27-20 OT (2017)

2017 IU record: 5-7

Setup: Indiana took Michigan to the brink in 2017 under new head coach Tom Allen, with the Wolverines requiring OT to walk away with a victory. These two teams always play each other tough, but Michigan hasn’t lost to the Hoosiers since 1987.

Ohio State (away) – November 24 @ Noon

Series record: 58-50-6

Last meeting: Ohio State 31-20 (2017)

2017 OSU record: 12-2

Setup: The Buckeyes have had unprecedented success against the Wolverines in The Game, having won all but one matchup going back to 2004. The last time Michigan went to Columbus, the maize and blue nearly came out with a victory, but after a controversially called Ohio State first down in overtime, the Buckeyes sent U-M home with yet another loss.

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