Wow, the 2019 football season is off to a winning start and it’s time for another Go Blue Michigan Football History Game Day – Michigan vs Army. These two teams have a more history than last week’s opponent Middle Tennessee, but not a lot. Michigan and Army have played a total of nine games through the years. So, we’ll talk about that in a minute. First, we will look at how Michigan has fared on September 7th in their illustrious football history. Then, we will take a look at some of the best Wolverine performances on this date to get a sense of what could take place today. Third, we will look at the “streaks” that have marked this series so far and examine some of the history between Michigan and Army. Finally, I will look into my crystal ball and determine who wins this contest and by how much.
(Note-Pete Elliott (#45 shown above) and his young teammates, played hard, but the Wolverines came up short against the number one ranked Army cadets in their first meeting in 1945. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Since 1879, Michigan has played a total of three games on the seventh day of September. So far, the results have been pretty good, actually, they are perfect!
Here is the very short history about Michigan Football on September 7th.
Overall, the Wolverines are 3-0-0 on this day in Michigan Football History. This will be the first game that Jim Harbaugh has coached against Army and on September 7th. Unless something drastic happens, Michigan should improve their record to 4 wins and 0 losses on this day in Michigan Football History.
The first Michigan vs Army game was played in 1945 and Fritz Crisler’s overmatched Wolverines held top-ranked Army to their lowest offensive output of the season, but still lost by a score of 7-28. The teams continued the series in 1946, 1949, 1950 and 1954 and Army won them all. The good news is that the teams played four more times (1955, 1956, 1961 and 1962) and Michigan won every game. So, the series stands at four wins for Michigan versus five for the Black Knights.
When the series started in the mid-1940s both Michigan and Army were at the top of their games and near the top of the college football world. Here is a quick look at the “Tale of the Tape” for both programs:
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Today’s game is tenth game of the Michigan vs Army series. Michigan needs to win this game so that they can even up the series at five wins and five losses. Here is a quick look at how the Wolverines have fared against the Army Cadets/Black Knights over the years:
Yes, this series has not seen a game between these two programs since 1962. That’s a very long time. The recent history in this series favors Michigan since the Wolverines are on a four-game win streak. Bennie Oosterbaan’s 1956 team owns Michigan’s biggest series win (48-14) so far. Michigan’s two biggest losses to Army were both by twenty-one points (7-28 in 1945 and 6-27 in 1950).
I found a number of notable Michigan Man performances against the Army Cadets. Check them out:
Both teams have a record of 1 win and 0 losses heading into today’s game. Of course, Michigan defeated Middle Tennessee by a score of 41-20. Meanwhile, Army won a close one over rice by a score of 14-7. Yes, both teams are undefeated, but both coaches are looking to improve in game number two. Michigan knows exactly what to expect from Army and they will do their best to stop the famed Cadet Triple Option Offense. Army will have a tougher time stopping Michigan’s spread offense than it did last week against the Rice Owls.
Army is a well-coached and highly disciplined team. However, they will be outmanned at just about every position. The Wolverines have a huge weight advantage on both sides of the line. In addition, their skilled/tall wide receivers will be a lot for Army’s tough/short secondary to handle. This game will be hard fought, but Army just doesn’t have the roster that it will take to defeat Jim Harbaugh’s best team yet. I predict that it will be a long day for the Long Gray Line in Ann Arbor today!
The Wolverines are 25 ½ point favorites and it could be a lot more if Shea Patterson gets the passing game in high gear. Oh yes, the vverage score of the first three games on September 7th is 37-18. So, we will start there.
I predict that the 7th ranked Wolverines will defeat Army on September 7th by a score of 45-10. I love Army Football (Note-I served in the Army for 30 years so that makes me a BIG Army fan) because they play with as much passion as any team in the country. You don’t ever have to worry about anybody from Army leaving early or opting out of a bowl game. The Black Knights will come to play 60 minutes of good football. However, Army doesn’t have the athletes needed to beat Michigan today.
Victory number two for the 2019 season should be in the books around 3:10 pm, Eastern Standard Time on Saturday. Program win number 955 for the winningest team in college football history should help keep the Wolverines on top of the heap for another 30 or 40 years. Go Blue!
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