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Go Blue Game Day November 10, 2018 Michigan vs Rutgers Football

Posted on November 9, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

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.

Calendar History:

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 %
Non-Conference 6 3 2 1 .583
Conference         11 7 4 0 .636
All Games 17 10 6 1 .617

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.

  • 1894 – Michigan’s first game on this date resulted in a 22-12 win over Kansas. The game was played in Kansas City, Kansas.
  • 1900 – The Wolverines lost their first game on this day – a 5-28 defeat at the hands of Iowa in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1917 – Michigan’s biggest win on this date was a 42-0 blasting of Cornell in Ann Arbor.
  • 1984 – The biggest conference win on this date took place in 1984. Bo Schembechler’s Wolverines overwhelmed Minnesota by a score of 31-7.
  • 2012 – Michigan won the last home game they played on this date against Northwestern. Brady Hoke’s Wolverines defeated the Wildcats ─ 38-31.

Today’s game will be the first one that Michigan and Rutgers have ever played on the tenth day of November.

Notable Wolverine Performances on November 10th:

Jim Pace Michigan Football 1956 | gobluefootballhistory.com

Jim Pace ran for 120-yards and scored a touchdown on November 10, 1956. His efforts helped Michigan defeat Illinois 17-7. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

  • 1956 – Jim Pace converted 15 carries into 120-yards and 1 touchdown. Jim Byers also reached the end zone for Michigan. The Wolverines defeated Illinois by a score of 17-7.
  • 1973 – Gil Chapman (16 carries for 103 yards and 1 touchdown) led a rushing attack that rolled up 295-yards against Illinois. Ed Shuttlesworth and Paul Seal also ran for touchdowns. Michigan won the game 21-6.
  • 1984 – Freshman Jamie Morris totaled 14 carries and 125-yards in a big win over Minnesota. He ran for 1 touchdown and so did quarterback Chris Zurbrugg. Vince Bean threw a 67-yard scoring pass to Paul Jokisch and Zurbrugg threw a 28-yarder to Sim Nelson. Tim Anderson led the defense with 13 tackles Michigan rolled the Gophers 31-7.
  • 1990 – Ricky Powers (23 carries for 113 yards and 1 touchdown) led a Michigan rushing attack (303-yards) that ran over, around and through the Illinois defense. However, kicker J. D. Carlson was the difference in the game since he kicked 5 field goals in 5 attempts. Michigan won by a score of 22-17.
  • 2012 – Devin Gardner led the Wolverines to an exciting win over Northwestern ─ 38-31. He ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more. Roy Rountree grabbed 5 passes for 139-yards. Fitz Toussaint and Devin Funchess each caught a scoring pass.

Michigan vs Rutgers Series History:

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 %
UM Home 2 2 0 0 1.000
UM Away 2 1 1 0 .500
Series Total 4 3 1 0 .750

So, it’s time to take a closer look at both Michigan vs Rutgers games that have been played in New Jersey so far.

  • October 4, 2014. The first game between Michigan and Rutgers took place in Piscataway, New Jersey on October 4, 2014. The Michigan program, under Brady Hoke, was heading in the wrong direction. Rutgers was ready for Michigan and played their best game of the season. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. Final score: Michigan 24 Rutgers 26.
  • October 8, 2016. Jim Harbaugh’s first game against Rutgers took place in Piscataway, New Jersey. Coach Harbaugh had his team ready, boy were they ready! The Wolverines rushed for 481-yards and 9 touchdowns. Wilton Speight threw for 100-yards and 1 touchdown. Final score: Michigan 78 Rutgers 0.

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.

Notable Performances – Michigan vs Rutgers at Piscataway:

  • 2014 – Devin Gardner ran for two touchdowns and threw for 178-yards. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.
  • 2016 – Chris Evans averaged 13.9 yards per carry. He ran for 153-yardss on 11 carries.
  • 2016 – Karan Higdon also eclipsed the century mark with 114-yards on 13 carries. He also scored two touchdowns.
  • 2016 – Ty Isaacs ran for 93-yards and also got into the end zone twice.
  • 2016 – New Jersey native, Jabrill Peppers, also scored two touchdowns.
  • 2016 – Wilton Speight and John O’Korn each threw a scoring pass.

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 vs Rutgers – My Prediction:

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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