There are just two Division-1 programs suiting up in the state of Michigan, and this year they have a two-year low of opponents in common, with just two. Let’s take a look at Michigan and Detroit and break down who’s getting the best (and worst) of it.
Fewer than last year – when Wolverines and Titans
|Bellarmine||Away, Feb. 16||Away, March 3|
|Ohio State||Home, April 13||Away, Feb. 9|
|Head-to-Head||@ Michigan||April 17|
Michigan has the advantage against common opponents. Obviously the head-to-head (not technically a common opponent) is in Ann Arbor, and the Wolverines also have Ohio State in the Big House, whereas the Titans are away for all three.
|Michigan Opp.||2012 TFL Pyth (Rank)||Detroit Opp.||2012 TFL Pyth (Rank)|
|Penn State||.6057 (20)||Navy||.5341 (26)|
|Johns Hopkins||.7825 (4)||Robert Morris||.5422 (25)|
|Army||.5689 (24)||Quinnipiac||.2177 (57)|
|High Point||N/A||Marist||.3527 (44)|
|Hobart||.4317 (36)||VMI||.2278 (55)|
|Fairfield||.5775 (23)||Jacksonville||.4097 (38)|
|Colgate||.7128 (13)||Manhattan||.2196 (56)|
|Loyola||.8301 (2)||Siena||.6276 (18)|
|Air Force||.5213 (29)||Marquette||N/A|
|Delaware||.5169 (30)||Canisius||.2649 (51)|
|St. Joseph’s||.2892 (48)|
|Avg.||.5989 (22)*||Avg.||.3774 (41)*|
* Average schedule ranked as hypothetical team with that pyth win% in 2012.
Michigan’s schedule looks much stronger on its face. A big part of the is due to participating in the ECAC, as opposed to the MAAC. The non-conference schedules (including the head-to-head and common games) look a bit better: Michigan’s – .5370 Detroit’s – .4223.
Michigan’s first-year opponent, High Point, is likely to be far weaker than Detroit’s, a Marquette team that actually played very well in fall ball. Still, the Wolverines’ overall schedule comes in much tougher than the Titans’, and should be no easy stream to navigate for the second-year program.