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Go Blue Game Day November 2, 2019 Michigan vs Maryland

Posted on November 1, 2019 by Barry Gallagher

Go Blue Game Day November 2, 2019 Michigan vs Maryland

Happy November Wolverine Football fans – today is another Go Blue Game Day post – Michigan vs Maryland. Yes, it’s time for some real football in weather that’s a little colder and sometimes downright nasty. Of course, November is the month where the contenders and the pretenders part ways and championships are lost and won. Michigan is a real longshot for a championship at this point, but there is still plenty to play for. An eleven-win season is still a very real possibility.

(Note – Quarterback Jim Harbaugh (#4 above) led Michigan to a 20-0 win in the first-ever game against Maryland in 1985. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)

Today’s Michigan vs Maryland contest marks only the ninth game between these two conference rivals. It is the first time in this series that these teams have met on the second day of November.

Before I get into my predictions about today’s game, let’s take a closer look at what has happened when Michigan plays on November 2nd. Then, we will shift our attention to the short history of Michigan vs Maryland and talk about who wins this game and why.

Calendar History:

Today’s game is the seventeenth game in Michigan Football History on the 2nd day of November. So far, the Wolverines own a record of 12 wins, 2 losses and 2 ties on this day. That works out to a winning percentage of just over eighty-one (.813). Yes, our beloved Wolverines have been very, very good on this day.

Michigan has a very good record of 8 wins, 0 losses and 1 tie for all home games played on this day. They are not as good on the road with a slate of 4 wins and 2 losses and 1 tie when playing away from Ann Arbor. The numbers displayed below summarize Michigan’s overall performance on this day. Yes, November 2nd is another good day to play football at Michigan, even on the road!

Type Game # of Games Won Lost Tied Win %

Non-Conference

6 5 1 0 .788
Conference

10

7

1

2

.800

All Games

16 12 2 2

.813

 

Here is a little more history about Michigan Football on the 2nd day of November.

  • 1881 – Michigan lost their first game on this day against Yale by a score of 0-11.
  • 1895 – The Wolverines recorded their first win ever on this day with a 42-0 win over Oberlin in Ann Arbor.
  • 2002 – The Maize and Blue footballers scored their biggest win ever on this day – a 49-3 thumping of Michigan State.
  • 2013 – The last time the Wolverines played on this November day they lost by a score of 6-29 in East Lansing.

Again, today’s game will be the first one that Michigan and Maryland have ever played on the second day of November. The Wolverines have played Michigan State the most on this day – three times (2-1-0) on this day. They have also played Northwestern twice and eleven other teams.

Other Notable Wolverine Road Game Performances on November 2nd.

  • 1901 – Michigan posted an impressive “road” shutout win (22-0) in Detroit over Carlisle.
  • 1946 – Fritz Crisler’s Wolverines journeyed to Minneapolis and left town with a 21-0 victory over the Gophers.
  • 1968 – Ron Johnson led Bump Elliott’s team to a 35-0 win over Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois.
  • 1968 – Bump Elliott’s last win over Indiana was 27-22 victory in Bloomington, Indiana. Ron Johnson scored a touchdown and rushed for 163-yards on 34 carries. Quarterback Dennis Brown completed 14 of 30 passes for 162-yards and 2 touchdowns.
  • 1974 – Bo’s first, and only, win on this day was a nice 21-7 victory at Indiana.
  • 1996 – Quarterback Jim Harbaugh had a frustrating day as the Illinois defense held his offense to 3 points. The good news was that the defense did the same. Final score Michigan 3 and Illinois 3.

Michigan vs Maryland Program Summaries:

Here is a quick look at the “Tale of the Tape” for the Michigan and Maryland Football programs:

Program Area Maryland Michigan
First Football Season

1892

1879
Total Wins

652

959

Total Losses

599

343

Total Ties

43

36

Winning %

.520

.729

National Championships

 

1

11

Heisman Winners

0

3

All-Americans (Consensus) 12

83

 

Michigan vs Maryland Series History:

Michigan and Maryland don’t have share a lot of football history. They haven’t even played ten games yet. Here is what the series looks like going into today’s game:

Type Game # of Games Won Lost Tied Win %

Ann Arbor

6 5 1 0 .800
Maryland

2

2

0

0

1.000
Series Total 8 7 1 0

.875

Jim Harbaugh Michigan Football 1986 | gobluefootballhistory,com

Bo Schembechler probably told Jim Harbaugh to lead the Wolverines to victory in 1985. So, that’s what Harbaugh did! Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michgan.

 Some Quick Series Highlights Since 1985:

  • 1985 – Michigan’s first game against Maryland took place in Ann Arbor. Quarterback Jim Harbaugh led the Wolverines to an efficient win – 20-0.
  • 2014 – Brady Hoke’s Wolverines lose their first ever Big Ten game against the Fighting Terrapins – 16-23 – ugh!
  • 2015 – Thirty years later, Coach Jim Harbaugh led his Wolverines to a 28-0 win at Maryland.
  • 2016 – Harbaugh’s Maize and Blue footballers achieve the biggest series victory margin with a 59-3 win at The Big House. Ouch!

Michigan has won the last four series games which is also the longest series winning streak by either team. The average score of a Michigan vs Maryland football game so far is 37.5 to 11.8 in favor of the Wolverines. Yes, Michigan is definitely the heavyweight in this football fight today.

All the numbers in this series favor Michigan, especially when they play in Maryland. In fact, the average score of the two games that Michigan has won at Maryland is 31.5 to 5. The betting line has the Michigan Men winning by about 21 points. So, today’s game should go very, very well the Michigan Wolverines.

Michigan at Maryland 2019 – My Prediction:

Michigan will win today – period. Coach Mike Locksley doesn’t have the offense or the defense to beat the Wolverines today. I think that Offensive Coordinator Josh Gattis will turn the tables on his former mentor and show him how to spread points all over the scoreboard. The Wolverines have all the weapons to do a lot of damage to the Terrapin defense.

The Wolverines will play at a high level for the second week in a row. They will be rewarded with a BIG ROAD WIN. So far, the average score of a Michigan Football game on November 2nd is 15.4 to 7.1. I predict a higher scoring game that definitely favors Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines. I look for a four score victory margin in this conference matchup.

Final Score: Michigan 38 Maryland 14. Go Blue!

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