Calendar History: Michigan has played a total of sixteen games on the twenty-second day of October and the results have usually been very good. The Wolverines own a record of 12 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie on this date in Michigan football history. They hold a big advantage in non-conference play as they have won three games, tied one and lost none. Their conference record on October 22nd is excellent. Michigan has won nine of twelve games against Big Ten teams. Once again, history is on Michigan’s side on the twenty-second day of October. There is a seventy-eight percent (.781) that the Wolverines will win again on October 22, 2016!
Here is a little more history about Michigan football on this date.
Series History: Today’s opponent, the Fighting Illini will be making their ninety-fifth appearance on a Michigan Schedule. The Wolverines hold a big advantage over the Illini. Their record so far is 69 wins, 23 losses and 2 ties. That works out to a winning percentage of almost seventy-five percent (.745). The only Big Ten team that Michigan has beaten more than Illinois is Minnesota. The Wolverines own 73 wins over the Gophers in 101 games.
The first game between Michigan and Illinois took place at Detroit, Michigan on November 12, 1898. Michigan was on their way to their first Western Conference title. Illinois played well, but not well enough. Final Score: Michigan 12 Illinois 5.
The last game between these two Big Ten teams was a Homecoming affair on October 13, 2012. It was a blowout with the Wolverines winning by a score of 45-0.
History is definitely on Michigan’s side in this series, especially when the game is played in Ann Arbor. I like the fact that Big Blue has won just under seventy-five percent (.744) of their home games against Illinois.
In addition to sixty-nine wins over the Illini, Michigan teams and players have had “milestone moments” and “record setting performances” against the Orange and Blue.
Here are some milestones and record setting Wolverine performances against Illinois:
Listed below are some of the best Wolverine performances against Illinois:
Some of the greatest plays and milestones in Michigan football history have occurred against the Illinois. Let’s hope that trend continues today.
Homecoming. Today’s game marks the sixteenth time that Illinois has been a Michigan Homecoming opponent. The Wolverines have a record of 10 wins and 5 losses in the first fifteen games. The first time that Michigan played Illinois on Homecoming was on October 23, 1926. Michigan won the game by a score of 13-0. This game would be Fielding H. Yost’s last Homecoming Game and it would be the last Homecoming Game at Ferry Field.
Historically, Michigan has played very well on Homecoming Day. The Wolverines have posted a record of 88 wins and only 27 losses on this special Maize and Blue day. This is a winning rate of almost seventy-seven percent (.765). (Note-Exhibition record of 1-1-2 is not included in these numbers.)
Today. The football programs at Michigan and Illinois are in very different places today. Illinois is struggling in year one of the Lovie Smith Era. The Illini come in with a record of 2 wins and 4 losses. They have only won a single game in three Big Ten contests so far. Michigan’s record is perfect (6-0). The Wolverines are ranked third and fourth in the country. Michigan is absolutely better than Illinois in all three phases of today’s game which is why they are a thirty-six-point favorite to win. This game could get ugly early for Illinois. Look for a BIG Michigan win today! This will be the 271st consecutive game with a crowd in excess of 100,000 at Michigan Stadium. The Homecoming masses will leave with a big smile on their faces. Go Blue!