Today is the one hundred third edition of a Michigan vs Minnesota football game. The Wolverines have played the Gophers more times than another other schools except Ohio State and Michigan State. Before I take a closer look at the Michigan vs Minnesota rivalry, I will recall how well the Wolverines have played on this day in their 138-year football history.
Calendar History: Michigan played their first game on this day in 1881 against the Princeton Tigers. The Tigers were extremely rude to their Wolverine guests since they beat the Wolverines by a score of 4-13 in New Jersey. The Maize and Blue footballers notched their first November 4th win (38-0) against Virginia in 1899.
Heading into today’s game, Michigan has played 19 football games on this day. The Wolverines own a record of 12 wins, 6 losses and 1 tie on the 4th day of November. That’s a solid winning percentage of almost sixty-six percent (.657). They haven’t been that good in conference play, but they haven’t been terrible either. Michigan owns a winning percentage of just over sixty-percent in Big Ten play on this day. Check out the numbers below:
|Type Game||# of Games||Won||Lost||Tied||Win %|
The Wolverines have played eleven home games on this date and seven road games. Their home record is 6 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie. Michigan’s road record on November 4th is also above average since they own a record of 6 wins and 4 losses away from Ann Arbor. So, the numbers on this page favor the Wolverines. Although the numbers are not as impressive as other days we have reviewed this season, they are still pretty good. Once again, history definitely favors the Maize and Blue on November 4th!
Here is a little more history about Michigan Football on this date.
Notable Wolverine Performances on November 4th:
Series History: Today’s contest is the 103rd football game in the Michigan vs Minnesota football rivalry. Of course, it is also the battle for the Little Brown Jug which started way, way back in 1909. It’s hard to believe, but this is the first time that Michigan and Minnesota have ever played a game on November 4th! Also, this is the first time that the Little Brown Jug has been up for grabs in a night game at Michigan Stadium. Today’s game is also marks the first time that Michigan has played two-night games at home in one season.
So far, the series favors Michigan by a large Margin. Check out the numbers below:
|Type Game||# of Games||Won||Lost||Tied||Win %|
|UM Away||49||35||12||2||. 734|
Michigan also holds a big advantage in conference play since 1896. The Wolverines have a record of 71 wins, 23 losses and 3 ties in Big Ten play.
Series History: The Gophers and Wolverines have been battling on the football field since 1892. Minnesota won the first game by a score of 6-14 in Minneapolis. Michigan got their revenge three years later with a 20-0 win in Detroit.
Here is a little more information about the Michigan vs Minnesota football series so far:
Notable Wolverine Rushing Performances Against Minnesota in Ann Arbor:
Note-You may have detected a pattern here. If Michigan has two 100-yard rushers against Minnesota, the Wolverines win and win BIG! (Note – so far 5 wins and 0 losses)
Notable Wolverine Passing and Receiving Performances Against Minnesota in Ann Arbor:
Michigan’s quarterbacks and receivers have also posted some BIG numbers against the Golden Gophers over the years. Check them out:
Some of the Longest Plays in Michigan Football History vs Minnesota in Ann Arbor:
Today. Michigan has won 23 of the last 25 “Jug” games. Once again, they have the edge in this game. The calendar history and the series history are both on Michigan’s side. And, yes, the Wolverines also have better players at just about every position on the field. Even though they appear to be out of the Big Ten East Division championship, Michigan is still in the hunt for a ten, or eleven, win season. Of course, a tough schedule remains, but they have a good shot to finish very strong with a BIG win today.
Michigan’s defense will be too much for the Gopher offense. Also, Brandon Peters and crew will put many points on the board. Of course, there should be a lot of running. I BOLDLY PREDICT THAT IF MICHIGAN HAS TWO 100-YARD RUSHERS TONIGHT, THEY WILL WIN GOING AWAY. Yes, I know I’m going out on a limb with that forecast, but you just can’t argue with history on the importance of the run game in the battle for the Little Brown Jug!
Michigan will increase their winning percentage in Ann Arbor against the Gophers tonight. I think they will play one of their better games of the season. The Jug will remain in Ann Arbor for another season – that’s a fact!
I am looking for a balanced offensive attack and a dominating performance by the defense. Yes, it could get ugly. I predict a BIG 45-6 win for Michigan tonight! Go Blue!