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Go Blue Game Day November 23, 2019 – Michigan vs Indiana Football

Posted on November 23, 2019 by Barry Gallagher

Go Blue Game Day November 23, 2019 – Michigan vs Indiana Football 

Today is another chapter in the Michigan vs Indiana football tradition. The teams have been going at since their first game in 1900. 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.

(Note – Tom Harmon, shown above,  crossed the goal line and scored his last touchdown on November 23, 1940 in a 40-0 win at Ohio State. It was one of the greatest performances in Michigan Football History. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)

Calendar History:

The Wolverines have played a total of sixteen games on November 23rd in their 140-year football history. Michigan’s record on this day is 9 wins, 6 losses and 1 tie which works out to a winning percentage of just under fifty-seven percent (.563). Conference play is always tougher, especially in November. The Wolverines are even on this day with a record of 5-5-1 in Big Ten play. Check out the numbers below:

Type Game # of Games Won Lost Tied Win %


4 1 0 .800






All Games 16 9 6 1


The Wolverines have played six home games on this date and ten games away from Ann Arbor. Two of those games were played at neutral sites (a win in1895 in Detroit and a loss at Buffalo in 1889). Michigan’s home record is 4 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie. Michigan’s road record on the twenty-third day of November is simply average. They have won 4 games and lost 4 when playing away in true road games. The numbers on this page make November 23rd a good day for Michigan Football, but not a great day. Here is a little more history about Michigan Football on the twenty-third day of November.

  • Michigan’s first game, and first win, on this date took place in 1887. The Wolverines traveled to South Bend to teach the eager Notre Damers how to play the game of football. Then they schooled them in a real game (8-0).
  • Michigan’s first loss, and biggest loss, on this day happened in 1889 when the Wolverines got clobbered by Cornell (0-56) at Buffalo, New York. Yes, that was also rh worst loss that Michigan has ever suffered in 140-years of football.
  • Fielding Yost’s Wolverines rolled to an 89-0 win over Beloit College of Wisconsin. That’s the biggest Michigan victory margin on this day.
  • Michigan lost the last game they played on November 23rd. The Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Brady Hoke’s Wolverines by a score of 24-21.

Michigan and Indiana have never played on November day. However, they have played a team from Ohio (the Buckeyes) a total of nine times on November 23rd. The Wolverines own a record of 5 wins and 4 losses against OSU on the twenty-third day of November. Unfortunately, they are on a two-game losing streak on this day thanks to losses in 2002 and 2013.

Notable Wolverine Performances on November 23rd:

  • 1940 – Michigan defeated Ohio State in Columbus by a score of 40-0. Tom Harmon ran, passed, and kicked the Buckeyes all over the field. He rushed for three touchdowns, threw two scoring passes and kicked four points after touchdown. Oh, by the way, he also intercepted three OSU passes and averaged 50-yards on three punts. and left the field to a standing ovation! Yes, it really happened in the Horseshoe, but it will never happen again.
  • 1946 – Fritz Crisler’s Wolverines pounded Ohio State by a score of 58-6.
  • 1985 – Quarterback Jim Harbaugh led Michigan to a 27-17 win over the Buckeyes. He completed 16 of 19 passes for 230-yaards and three touchdowns.
  • 1991 – Elvis Grbac handed the ball off a lot and Tyrone Wheatley, Jesse Johnson and Burnie Legette ran for touchdowns. Desmond Howard sealed his Heisman Trophy season with a 93-yard punt return. Final score: Michigan won 31-3 over OSU in Ann Arbor. Thanks to WazeeDigital_Big Ten for this classic video.

  • 1996 – Michigan defeated Ohio State by a score of 13-9 in Columbus. Brian Griese threw a touchdown pass to Tai Streets and Remy Hilton drilled two field goals. Michigan’s defense dominated the Buckeyes!

Michigan vs Indiana Football Series History:

Today’s game is the sixty-eighth game in the Michigan vs Indiana football series.  Again, this will be the first game between these Big Ten rivals on November 23rd. Here are some notes about the history of these original Big Ten (Western Conference) teams.

  • 1900. First game in the Michigan vs Indiana football series was played in Ann Arbor on November 3rd. The Wolverines won by a score of 12-0.
  • The biggest series win belongs to Michigan. Fielding Yost’s footballers blasted the Hoosiers by a score of 63-0.
  • 1928. The first time the Hoosiers beat the Wolverines was on October 13, 1928 in Ann Arbor. Michigan fell by a score of 0-6.
  • 1987. Michigan’s last loss to the Hoosiers was in 1987. Bill Mallory, a long-time friend of Bo Schembechler, ambushed Bo’s Wolverines in Bloomington by a score of 10-14. Yes, this defeat was upsetting to Wolverine fans, but technically it was not an upset since Indiana was ranked #15 in the nation and Michigan was ranked #20.
  • 2017. The last time Michigan and Indiana played in Bloomington resulted in a 27-20 win for the Wolverines. It was a cold, snowy day, but the Wolverines played well enough to beat the elements and the Hoosiers, but it took a memorable goal-line stand in overtime to get the “W” – yikes!

Michigan vs Indiana Program Summaries:

Here is a quick look at the “Tale of the Tape” for two of college football’s nastiest rivals:

Program Area Indiana Michigan
First Football Season 1887 1879
Total Wins 487 961
Total Losses 681 344
Total Ties 44 36
Winning % .420 .730
National Championships 0 11
Heisman Winners 0 3
All-Americans (Consensus) 31 83
Big Ten Championships 7 42

So far, Michigan and Indiana have played a total of sixty-seven games. Check out the series numbers below:

Type Game # of Games Won Lost Tied Win %
UM Home


39 7 0 .848
UM Away






Series Total 67 58 9 0


History is definitely on Michigan’s side in this series. All of the numbers really favor the Wolverines at home and on the road. The good news is that Michigan has won twenty-three straight games against Indiana. The bad news is that the Hoosiers have pushed the Wolverines to overtime the last two times they have played in Bloomington. Yes, Indiana is a dangerous football team. They are already bowl eligible for the first time in the Tom Allen Era, but a win over Michigan would go down as one of the greatest Hoosier football victories ever!

Michigan vs Indiana Football – Top Wolverine Wins in Bloomington.

  • 1976. Dennis Brown passed for 162-yards and one touchdown. All-American Ron Johnson ran for 163-yards and one touchdown. Michigan won by a score of 27-22. Both teams were ranked for the first time in series history- #18 Michigan and Indiana #19.
  • 1976. Bo’s Wolverines piled up 389-rushing yards and blasted the Hoosiers by a score of 35-0. Rob Lytle led the way with 175-yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Rick Leach only threw four passes and completed all of them for 102-yards and two touchdowns. Classic Schembechler football!
Rick Leach Michigan Football 1976 | gobluefootballhistory.com

Rick Leach had a perfect passing day (4-4) in 1976 and Michigan defeated Indiana by a score of 35-0. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

  • Anthony Thomas led the Wolverines to a 34-31 shootout win. He rushed for 197-yards and scored three touchdowns.
  • 2004. Chad Henne (17 of 21 for 316-yards and 3 touchdown passes) and Mike Hart (79 rushing yards and one touchdown) led Michigan to a 35-14 win. Of course, Mike Hart is now coaching running backs at Indiana and their backs are good – big surprise!
  • 2015. Michigan won the first ever overtime game of the series by a score of 48-41. Actually, it took three overtime periods before Jake Rudock and the Wolverines could seal the deal – whew! Rudock completed 33 of 46 passes for 440-yards and 6 touchdowns to put his name in the Michigan Record Book. Wide receiver Jehu Chesson caught 10 passes for 207-yards and four touchdowns.

Yes, Michigan’s record against Indiana is stellar. The Wolverines have played well against the Hoosiers for a very long time. Of course, my favorite play against Indiana is the John Wangler to Anthony Carter touchdown pass on the last play of the game in 1979. Which Wolverine will do something memorable today in Bloomington?

Today – Michigan vs Indiana Football.

At this point in the 2019 season, twelfth-ranked Michigan (8-2) and Indiana (7-3) are looking to finish strong. Both teams are already “bowl eligible” and looking to improve their position in the Big Ten East Division.

Michigan is playing as well as they have played all season. However, Indiana is also playing well and they are hungry for a win over the Wolverines. Yes, an Indiana win today would probably be the BIGGEST WIN in Hoosier Football history. Unfortunately, for the Hoosiers, that will not happen today!

As of this writing, Michigan is about a ten-point favorite to win their twenty-fourth game against the Hoosiers. Coach Allen’s team will be fired up – no doubt! They have had some tough losses to ranked teams in the last two-years. They are a very dangerous team. However, I know that Coach Harbaugh’s Wolverines will be ready. They will not be looking ahead to next week’s game, but this probably will not be easy. It should be a tough battle from start to finish. However, if Michigan plays the way they have played in the last three weeks, it could be a blowout!

My Prediction-Michigan vs Indiana 2019:

I think that the first twenty-one series games in Bloomington give us a template for what we should expect today. Michigan has scored 620 points so far against Indiana which averages out to just under thirty-points (29.5) per game. The Hoosiers have only scored 296 points in 21 home games against Michigan which means they only score about fourteen points per contest (14.1).

Right now, the average score of a 2019 Wolverine Football game is 33.1 to 16.3. That’s a winning margin of 16.8 points per game. I think Michigan will stick to their current script. History is on their side in this series and they will post their 59th series win today. The final score should be 34 to 17. However, if they stay on their current roll – it could be more like 45-10. No overtime nail biters today. Go Blue, Beat IU!

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