Today is another chapter in the Michigan vs Indiana football tradition. The teams have not played a lot. However, when they do, Michigan usually comes out on top. Of course, when Indiana does win, it is very “upsetting” to Michigan fans – that’s for sure! It’s time to take a closer look at a very BIG game for both teams.
The Wolverines have played a total of nineteen games on November 17th in their 139-year football history. Michigan’s record on this day is 11 wins, 8 losses and 0 ties which works out to a winning percentage of just under fifty-eight percent (.579). Conference play is always tougher, but the Wolverines still own a winning rate of just over fifty-three percent (.538) in Big Ten games played on this day. Check out the numbers below:
|Type Game||# of Games||Won||Lost||Tied||Win %|
The Wolverines have played ten home games on this date and eight road games. One game in 1888 was played on a neutral field (Detroit) and Michigan won that contest. Michigan’s home record is 7 wins and 3 losses. Michigan’s road record on the seventeenth day of November is not very good. They have won 3 games and lost 5 when playing away from Ann Arbor. The numbers on this page make the November 17th a good day for Michigan Football, especially when playing in Ann Arbor! Here is a little more history about Michigan Football on this date.
Michigan and Indiana have only played once on the seventeenth day of November and that was in 1956. That game took place in Ann Arbor and the Wolverines beat up on the Hoosiers by a score of 49-26.
Today’s game is the sixty-seventh game in the Michigan vs Indiana football series. This will be the second time that these Big Ten rivals have ever played on the seventeenth day of November. Here are some notes about the history of these original Big Ten (Western Conference) teams.
So far, a total of total of sixty-six games have been played in the Michigan vs Indiana series. Check out the series numbers below:
|Type Game||# of Games||Won||Lost||Tied||Win %|
Yes, history is definitely on Michigan’s side in this series. The Wolverines have simply been the better team for the largest part of this series. I also find it very interesting that there has never been a tie in this series. Of course, there won’t be one today!
In addition to fifty-seven wins over the Hoosiers, Michigan players have had some record setting performances against Indiana. Here are some of the best Wolverine performances against the Hoosiers in Ann Arbor:
Thanks to Dr. Sap for posting this video!
Yes, some of the greatest plays and greatest days in Michigan Football history have occurred against the Indiana Hoosiers. Of course, my favorite is John Wangler to Anthony Carter on the last play of the game in 1979. Who will do something memorable today in Hoosier Land?
At this point in the 2018 season, fourth-ranked Michigan (9-1) and Indiana (5-5) are looking to improve their standing in Big Ten play. Of course, Michigan is guaranteed a bowl game, but they are fighting for a spot in the 2018 College Football Playoffs. On the other hand, Indiana needs to win one more game to become bowl eligible.
Michigan is playing as well as any team in the country, especially the defense. It will be a long, long day for Indiana. A Hoosier victory over Michigan would be the BIGGEST Indiana win EVER in Ann Arbor. Unfortunately, for the Hoosiers, that will not happen today!
As of this writing, Michigan is a four-touchdown favorite and that is probably about right based on their performance so far this season. Coach Allen will bring a fired-up Hoosier team to the Big House today. Unfortunately, Michigan has a bunch of really, really, really good players who are playing at a very high level. Indiana will play hard from start to finish., Michigan will just play better! I think it will be close for the first quarter since Michigan doesn’t seem to get rolling until the second fifteen minutes of play.
I think that the first sixty-six games of the season give us a glimpse of what to expect today. Michigan has scored 2, 017 points so far against Indiana which averages out to just over thirty-points (30.5) per game. The Hoosiers have only scored 774 points in 66 games which means they average about elven points per contest (11.7) against Michigan. However, I think the difference between these two teams will be greater than 19-points today.
Right now, the Wolverines seem to be stuck on a score of 42-7 since that was the final score against Penn State and Rutgers. The last time that Michigan won back-to-back games by the same score was in 1987. Bo Schembechler’s footballers won two straight games by a score of 49-0. Michigan’s record against Indiana is superb and it will stay that way with a, you guessed it, 42-7 victory today. Go Blue!
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