As you know, the Michigan Wolverine Football team kicks off the season on Saturday, August 31, 2019. Coach Jim Harbaugh’s footballers are the favorites to win the Big Ten Championship and could be playing in the College Football Playoffs. Wow, this could be a great season, certainly the best one of the Harbaugh Era, so far. In case you forgot, Coach Lloyd Carr’s 2004 team was the last Wolverine team to win the Big Ten Championship.
(Note-Team #125 (Shown above) won a share of the Big Ten Championship in 2004. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Since today is August 8th, I thought I would do something different and take a closer look at eight important numbers that are associated with Michigan Football this season.
1 – The number 1 is always a good place to begin when you’re talking about numbers. When the Wolverines take the field against Middle Tennessee it will be the first game between these two programs. It will also be the first night game ever played in a Michigan Home Opener. So, two “firsts” will take place on August 31, 2019 for the Wolverine Football team.
13 – This number represents the number of decades that Michigan has played in the Big Ten. Yes, it started out as the “Western Athletic Conference and has evolved over the years. It was the first organization of its kind in college athletics. This season is the last year of the decade that started in 2010. Next season, Michigan will begin their fourteenth decade of conference play.
14 – Unfortunately, we are not done talking about this number yet. It has been fourteen seasons since a Michigan Wolverine Football team won a Big Ten Football Championship. Yes, the Wolverines won their fifth title of the Carr Era in 2004. Sadly, it was the last. The longest title “drought” previous to the current one was thirteen year which lasted from 1951 to 1963. Whoa, it has been a very long time since the Wolverines added a trophy to their collection. Will this be the year?
42 – The good news is that Michigan has won, or shared, forty-two Big Ten Championships – more than anybody! Of course, forty-three championships would be better. Especially, since it has been so long for Wolverine Nation. Let’s hope that this is the year that Coach Harbaugh can take his Michigan Football team on a short “bonding” trip to Indianapolis, Indiana on December 7, 2019. Go Blue!
140 – Michigan starts the 140th season of competitive play when they face Middle Tennessee on the last day of August 2019. They have played “outside” teams very since 1879 except for 1882. Yes, that’s a lot of football tradition in Ann Arbor town.
286 – Don’t ask me why, but for some strange reason I think that at least 100,000 fans will show up for the game on August 31, 2019. If you check the trend and the numbers you will have to agree. The Michigan Wolverine Football team has had 286 consecutive home crowds of over 100 K and it doesn’t look like that streak is going to end anytime soon.
511 – The Wolverines have amassed 511 victories in 113 seasons of Big Ten play. Yes, that is more than any other Big Ten football program. When the Michigan Football team travels to Wisconsin on September 21st, it will have a chance to add another win and bump that lofty number up again. Actually, the Maize and Blue footballers will have nine chances to excel in conference play this season. I think that 520 conference wins is a real possibility by the end of November and 521 could be one the books by December 7, 2019. No, it won’t be easy, but Michigan is good enough to run the Big Ten table in 2019.
953 – Finally, let’s end this article with an astounding college football fact. The Michigan Wolverine Football team started ten years later than most “Eastern” teams, but they have posted more wins than any other team in the history of college football. Yes, 953 wins belong to the Wolverines and they should really improve on that number in 2019. It is going to be an exciting season. I can’t wait for kickoff on December 31, 2019. Go Blue!
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