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Michigan needs to confidence going into its Big Ten schedule starting October 1.
Michigan faces two more teams (Eastern Michigan and San Diego State) before starting its Big Ten schedule.
The Wolverines could be 4-0 heading into October 1st when they host Minnesota to start the Big Ten.
It certainly helps that the Wolverines continue to be at home for their non-conference schedule. Then, it gets tricky. Minnesota is at home, then they travel to Northwestern, and Michigan State. Then, Purdue at home, and travel to Iowa and Illinois. The Wolverines close out the season at home against Nebraska and Ohio State.
While Eastern Michigan and San Diego State (Brady Hoke's former school) aren't the perennial names like many of the Big Ten schools are, they shouldn't be overlooked.
As you know from the previous slides, Eastern Michigan is tough against the run and has a good running game. San Diego State will be looking to beat its former coach. Hoke will be extra motivated as well. The Aztecs also have a very good passing game.
Michigan needs to go strong heading into the Big Ten, and a ranking going into its Big Ten schedule would be nice as well.