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The Michigan Wolverines will struggle with a tough Big Ten schedule in 2013.
Best-Case Scenario: Michigan finishes the season 10-2 overall, wins the Legends Division and Big Ten Conference titles
Given the weakened state of the Big Ten Conference, the Michigan Wolverines will not have to face a daunting schedule in 2013.
The Wolverines will have to travel to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions, Michigan State Spartans and Northwestern Wildcats, but they get a majority of their toughest games at home.
The Ohio State Buckeyes, Nebraska Cornhuskers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish all come to the Big House, and the Wolverines beat all three of those teams the last time they came to Ann Arbor.
There are only going to be a few games in which the Wolverines are not favored in, which means there is a lot of potential for a serious run at a Big Ten title—though, on paper, Michigan is not talented enough to run the table.
The best-case scenario for Michigan next season would be to drop one of its toughest home and road games, but manage to survive the rest of its schedule without a loss.
If the Wolverines manage to do that, it should be enough to win the Legends Division title and play in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Worst-Case Scenario: Michigan finishes its 2013 campaign with a 6-6 overall record and winds up playing in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
As much as the Maize and Blue faithful would love to see the Wolverines win 10 games in 2013, the struggles along the offensive and defensive lines could prove to be too much for Michigan to overcome.
It is always tough to beat Penn State at Beaver Stadium, the Wolverines have lost their last two games at Spartan Stadium, Northwestern nearly topped Michigan this year and an early season tilt with Notre Dame is not ideal for a team trying to replace several offensive linemen.
Even though the Wolverines get Nebraska and Ohio State at home, neither of those games are going to be favorable matchups for Michigan.
Ultimately, the Wolverines will likely fall somewhere in the middle of these two scenarios next season.