Today is another chapter in the very short Michigan vs Maryland football tradition. The teams have not played a lot, but when they do, Michigan usually comes out on top. Of course, when Maryland did win in 2014 it was very “upsetting” to Michigan fans! It’s time to take a closer look at the history behind this day and this series. It will be a very BIG game for both teams and it is also Michigan’s Homecoming game in 2018..
So far, the Wolverines have played a total of nineteen games on the sixth day of October. The Wolverines own a record of 13 wins, 5 losses and 1 tie on this day. It works out to a winning percentage of just over seventy-percent (.769). Michigan’s record in conference play is very good since they have won six of eight Big Ten games on October 6th.
The Wolverines have only played fourteen home games on this date. Their home record on October 6th is 8 wins, 5 losses and 1 tie. The numbers on this page give Michigan the advantage on this day, but there are no guarantees. However, history appears to be on the side of our Maize and Blue football team today! Here is a little more history about Michigan Football on the sixth day of October:
Michigan and Maryland have never played on this day. So, today’s game will be a first!
Today’s game is only the eighth game in the Michigan vs Maryland football series. This will be the fifth game that these Big Ten rivals have ever played in conference play.
The first edition of the Michigan vs Maryland football series took place in 1985 when the Terrapins visited Ann Arbor. The Wolverines played the role of rude hosts and sent the Terrapins home to ponder a 20-0 loss.
The first, and only time, that Maryland beat the Wolverines was on November 22, 2014 in Ann Arbor. Maryland won the first ever conference matchup by a score of 23-16 over Brady Hoke’s Wolverines. Ugh!
The biggest series win belongs to Michigan. Jim Harbaugh’s team blasted D.J. Durkin’s footballers by a score of 59-3 in 2016!
Once again, the trend lines, although short, all favor Michigan in this series. Maryland is an improving program, but they have not improved enough, yet, to compete with the Wolverines. The Terrapins have not faced a defense as good as Michigan’s. It could be a long afternoon for Maryland today!
Michigan and Maryland have played seven games so far. Michigan owns six victories and only one loss – so far. The Wolverines are 4-1-0 at home against the Terrapins. The average score of a Michigan vs Maryland football game in Ann Arbor looks like this: Michigan 36.2 and Maryland 12.8.
In addition to six BIG wins over the Terrapins, Michigan players have had some BIG performances against Maryland. Here are some of the best Wolverine efforts against Maryland since 1985:
So, some of Michigan’s best football players have had BIG days against Maryland. I expect that to continue today. The BIG question is: Who will do something memorable today against the Terrapins?
At this point in the 2018 season, Michigan (4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten) and Maryland (3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten) are looking to improve their standing in Big Ten play. Right now, Michigan is on track to compete for the Eastern Division title. The Wolverines are still in position to win at least 10 regular season games. They want to keep rolling into a difficult part of their schedule. The loser of this game will probably drop out of contention for the division title. Yes, both teams still have a lot to play for today.
As of this writing, Michigan is a seventeen and one-half point favorite and that is probably about right based on their performance so far. Right now, Maryland is a one dimensional team. They can run the ball effectively, but don’t pass well enough to test the best defenses. Since they are playing Michigan’s “maulers” it will be a tough day for the Terps. Maryland will play hard and battle all the way. However, the Terrapins will be overmatched today. I’m looking for the Wolverines to extend their current winning streak to five games when this one is over today.
Today’s game marks the first time that Maryland has been a Homecoming opponent in Ann Arbor.
Historically, Michigan has played very well on Homecoming Day. The Wolverines own an impressive record of 90 wins and only 27 losses on this special Maize and Blue day. This is a winning rate of almost seventy-seven percent (.769). (Note-Homecoming “alumni game exhibition” record of 1-1-2 is not included in these numbers.)
Michigan’s most dominant Homecoming win took place on November 8, 1902 against Iowa. Michigan racked up107 points and the Hawkeyes failed to score. Yes, 107-0 was a pretty lopsided outcome! The biggest Wolverine loss (33 points) on Homecoming Day came way back in 1937 against Minnesota. The Gophers played the role of very rude guests and left town with a 39-6 win – ugh! Michigan’s longest Homecoming win streak is twenty-two games (from 1968 to 1989. Bo Schembechler earned the bulk of those wins since he finished his Michigan career with a stellar record of 21-0-0 on Homecoming Day. So far, Jim Harbaugh is 3-0 on this special day in the Michigan Football tradition.
I think the Wolverines will come out strong and score early and often. The defense will be suffocating. Maryland will pop a few good runs, but will struggle in the passing game. However, they will get some late points against the subs. I like Michigan by a final score of 34-10., but if they can cut down on the penalties, it could get much worse! The 2018 Homecoming crowd will go home happy and Jim Harbaugh will push his Homecoming record to 4-0! Michigan wins program game #948 today. Go Blue!