Hello again Wolverine fans – it’s time for Michigan vs Rutgers football in Piscataway, New Jersey. Only three games remain in the regular season and the Wolverines are looking sooooooooo good! Our fourth-ranked Maize and Blue footballers are on an eight-game winning streak. They are now on track to earn a spot in the college football playoffs. As Jamie Morris said on last week’s Big Ten Tailgate Show – it’s a great time to be a Michigan Wolverine!
(Note-The 1894 Michigan Football team was the first Wolverine team to play on November 10th. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Today’s Michigan vs Rutgers contest marks only the fifth game between these two Big Ten rivals. It is only the third time that the Wolverines and Scarlet Knights have met in New Jersey. Before I get into my predictions about today’s game, let’s take a closer look at what has happened so far when Michigan plays on the tenth day of November. Then, we will shift our attention to the history of Michigan vs Rutgers.
Today’s game is the eighteenth game that Michigan has played on the tenth day of November. So far, the Wolverines own a record of 10 wins, 6 losses and 1 tie on this day. That works out to a winning percentage of about sixty-two percent (.617).
Michigan has a stellar record of 9 wins, 1 loss and 0 ties for all home games played on this day. They are even at 1-1-0 for neutral site games on November 10th. Road games have been a BIG problem since Michigan is 0-4-1 on the tenth day of November. Of course, the good news is that today’s game is at Rutgers!
The numbers displayed below summarize Michigan’s overall performance on this day. Definitely not terrible, but not as impressive as some other days.
|Type Game||# of Games||Won||Lost||Tied||Win %|
Yes, the numbers on this page make November 10th a good day for Michigan Football! Once again, history favors the Maize and Blue today!
Here is a little more history about Michigan Football on this date.
Today’s game will be the first one that Michigan and Rutgers have ever played on the tenth day of November.
Both Rutgers and Michigan have long histories and tons of tradition. They just haven’t played a lot of games against each other. This is very interesting since both teams were early adopters of the game of rugby/football in their perspective regions. Of course, Rutgers played in the first college football game ever when they hosted the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) in 1869. The Wolverines played their first game ten years later against Racine College. Michigan played a lot of football against eastern teams in the early years, but they never played Rutgers.
Today’s game is the fifth game in the Michigan vs Rutgers football series. Check out the series numbers below:
|Type Game||# of Games||Won||Lost||Tied||Win %|
So, it’s time to take a closer look at both Michigan vs Rutgers games that have been played in New Jersey so far.
Michigan is 1-1 so far in New Jersey against the Scarlet Knights. Someone will gain the advantage in the series today, and I don’t think it will be Rutgers.
I have no doubt that many Michigan Men will step up with BIG performances today!
Michigan and Rutgers started the 2018 football season in very different ways. Rutgers won their first game and Michigan lost game number one. Fast forward to today and Rutgers is now on an eight-game losing streak. Meanwhile, Michigan is on an eight-game winning streak. Yes, these teams are heading in opposite directions! The Wolverines are playing better than ninety-nine percent of the teams in college football. The odds makers favor the Wolverines by about six touchdowns. Yes, it will get ugly early and than get worse for the home team. There isn’t much else to say about this game today.
Michigan will win BIG today. Coach Harbaugh’s biggest challenge will be getting his starters enough reps to stay sharp while keeping them healthy and ready for Indiana and Ohio State. Just about every player who traveled to New Jersey should play today. We should know who the second-string quarterback is by the end of the day.
No, Rutgers won’t give up 78 points to Michigan again this year, but they will see the Wolverines out point them by the end of the game. I predict a nice 59-6 win for Michigan today. Go Blue!
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