ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Some of the games for the new-look Big Ten Conference are starting to leak, and it looks like Michigan football will have an incredibly difficult, but also very fun, schedule in 2024.
We already know the Wolverines will host Texas the second week of the season, on Sept. 7, 2024. And everyone is assuming Ohio State and Michigan State will be protected rivals for Michigan to play every season.
But according to a tweet from college football insider Brett McMurphy, Michigan will also play a road game at USC and home games against UCLA and Wisconsin.
Big Ten’s 2024 conference schedule, sources told @ActionNetworkHQ, includes:— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) June 8, 2023
Michigan at USC
Ohio State at UCLA
Wisconsin at Michigan
Iowa at USC
UCLA at Michigan
Wisconsin at USC
Nebraska at UCLA
Iowa at Ohio State
USC at Penn State
UCLA at Iowa
That means Michigan would have road games at Ohio State and USC and home games against Wisconsin, UCLA, Michigan State, and Texas.
Talk about a gauntlet! But that won’t necessarily be a negative in college football next year, as the playoff expands to 12 teams. Theoretically, if the Wolverines could find a way to go at least 9-3, they would have a strong chance to finish inside the top 12 with this type of schedule.
Here are all the teams that have finished in the top 12 of the final College Football Playoff rankings with three losses:
- 2022: Utah, Kansas State
- 2021: Utah
- 2020: Florida, Iowa State
- 2019: Wisconsin, Auburn
- 2018: Washington, Florida, LSU, Penn State
- 2017: Auburn
- 2016: Wisconsin, USC, Colorado, Florida State, Oklahoma State
- 2015: Ole Miss
- 2014: Ole Miss, Arizona State, Kansas State, Georgia Tech