The Michigan Wolverines’ 2020 football schedule ranks 10th in the Big Ten.

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All 14 football schedules have been released for the 2020 Big Ten season, with the Michigan Wolverines’ roster widely receiving favorable reviews. Only one new opponent has been added in the Northwest, with the Wildcats going 3-9 last year and ready to host the MU on November 21 (which also happens to be the last week of the regular season).Where does Michigan’s new 2020 slate stand from a numbers standpoint? Generally regarded as one of the three or most difficult in the Big Ten every year, that trend has been broken (at least statistically speaking) this time around and now ranks among the top three. The easiest in the league.

While determining the strength of the schedule, we kept it as basic as possible and simply calculated the combined percentage of opposing wins in 2019 for the 14 teams in the conference.For example, Maryland’s 10 opponents in 2020 totaled 84-46 (64.6 winning percentage) in 2019, giving the Terrapins the toughest slate in the league this fall. One of the few downsides to this method, however, is that it doesn’t take into account where the games are played.

If there was a year where location didn’t matter in college football, this would be it. Michigan’s calendar, meanwhile, ranks 10th in the Big Ten, with its opponents scoring 72-56 in 2019 (56.2 winning percentages).

The only four that register under MUs are Penn State, Ohio State, Minnesota, and Wisconsin (in that order). The Badgers’ enemies in 2020 actually compiled a combined loss record in 2019, ranging from 61 to 64 (48.8 win percentage) overall.

The three teams Wisconsin won’t face this fall – Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State – did 31-9 last year. Have the Big Ten programmers deliberately made the path to a conference title in 2020 for the Big Boys a little easier, when you consider that the six easiest calendars in the league all belong to a group that is generally considered? like the top six teams in the Big Ten – Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin?

Or is it simple mathematical logic that the best teams of 2019 are inevitably going to rank lower on the list using this formula? The answer is probably somewhere in between, clubs that have the toughest eight schedules below shouldn’t be fighting even from a distance for the Big Ten crown in 2020.

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