Michigan Football: Power Ranking the Wolverines' 5 Toughest Big Ten Games

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Michigan Football: Power Ranking the Wolverines' 5 Toughest Big Ten Games
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Michigan coach Brady Hoke is 12-4 vs. the Big Ten (6-2 in 2011 and 2012).

Brady Hoke's success in the Big Ten is just the beginning. 

Now in his third season as head coach at Michigan, Hoke's track record of holding his own against conference opposition—his 12-4 B1G record—speaks to his commitment to restoring hard-nosed Wolverines football. Team 134 certainly embodies that brand of play. 

Cruising through the first two weeks of the fall, No. 11 Michigan has a pair of non-conference battles with Akron and UConn before engaging Minnesota on Oct. 5 at The Big House. After the Gophers, Penn State and Indiana blockade Hoke's path to Mark Dantonio's Michigan State Spartans, who have won four of the past five series meetings. 

It's not the most challenging of conference slates, but it's certainly no cakewalk, either. Dates in November with Nebraska, Northwestern and Ohio State represent the "meat" of 2013. That collection of in-conference opposition should serve as the tell-all for Michigan. 

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