The Michigan football 2010 schedule has been one for the highlight-reels. But the Michigan football 2010 schedule is about to get serious, as Michigan starts Big Ten play today. The Wolverines have seemingly returned to contention, with a perfect record and the Heisman Trophy frontrunner. However, there are several other ranked teams in the Big Ten right now, and the Wolverines will be playing them all soon enough. Although the schedule has gone perfectly thus far for the Wolverines, few expect it to stay that way after October.
Today, however, the Wolverines are expected to have one final tune up. Their Big Ten opener is at Indiana, which is a huge underdog despite being 3-0. Denard Robinson appears to be healthy, after getting hurt against Bowling Green, so the Wolverines hope he has no more setbacks.
Thus far, the Michigan football 2010 schedule has the Wolverines at 4-0 because of Robinson and their offensive attack. Even with Robinson sidelined after the first quarter last week, they rolled over Bowling Green. Yet the true test is whether they can do that against the Big Ten.
Although they are unbeaten, the Michigan schedule hasn’t pit the Wolverines against a formidable FBS team yet. UConn and Notre Dame have performed below expectations, while Bowling Green is a 1-3 MAC team. Their toughest test may have actually come from the FCS’s Massachusetts, but that will change soon enough.
After they face Indiana, the Wolverines will truly get to work in the Big Ten. Next week, they host rival Michigan State, which could be riding high if they upset Wisconsin today. A week later, they host Iowa on homecoming day, then they have a bye before visiting Penn State on October 30.
If the schedule has the Wolverines at 8-0 going into November, they will be a downright national contender. Fortunately for them, they get Michigan State and Iowa at home, and face a Penn State team with issues of their own. Beating them all is possible, even if it is unlikely at the moment.
Wolverines fans have been burned by fast starts before, as they had a lot of momentum after September 2009, then collapsed in the Big Ten. Although Robinson is the x-factor this time around, last week’s injury raises concerns on how well he can hold up – and how well the rest of the offense can rise up.
If the Wolverines fall apart again in the Big Ten, especially after this start, then Rich Rodriguez is unlikely to survive. Yet if Michigan football yields greater rewards, and a return to power, then he could become a hero overnight – although Robinson would likely get most of the credit.
The questions about Michigan football may not be answered on today’s schedule. However, the Wolverines can’t afford to look ahead, and will attempt to stay focused in Bloomington, starting at 3:30 est.
Go Blue- “2010 Michigan Football Schedule”
Yahoo Sports- “Michigan (4-0) at Indiana (3-0)”