College football's unique in that a single loss could mean the difference between a conference championship (or the ultimate regular-season goal, a College Football Playoff spot) and a spot as an also-ran in the FBS ranks. With that in mind, here's our list of Michigan Football's 4 Most Important Games Of The 2015 Season.
4. @ Maryland Terrapins (October 3rd)
Michigan opens Big Ten play on the road in College Park against a Terps team who has dark horse aspirations to move up the East Division ladder. After a brutal run out of conference (more on that later), things don't get much easier in this pivotal road test.
3. Michigan State Spartans (October 17th)
To once again ascend back to the top of the East, the Wolverines will likely have to take care of business when "little brother" comes to the Big House. The emotion this game always generates alone warrants its inclusion, but the opportunity to put a midseason nail in the 2015 coffin of Heisman candidate Connor Cook and the Spartans makes this even bigger.
2. @ Utah Utes (September 3rd)
Michigan has one of the roughest non-conference schedules in the Big Ten, facing off against two Pac-12 teams (and the aforementioned BYU) in the first four games of 2015. First impressions are usually the biggest impressions. Here's Harbaugh's chance to open things off with a bang.
1. Ohio State Buckeyes (November 28th)
Michigan's lost three straight to the Bucks, but they had a legitimate chance in each of those games to upend a highly-ranked Ohio State squad. This will always be a bellweather game for UM (and OSU), meaning that a win in Harbaugh's first year at the helm would be a step or two above monumental.
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