The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
First Year Coaches vs. OSU
Carr 1995, 31-23 (#12 UM vs #2 OSU in AA)
Moeller 1990, 16-13 (#15 UM vs. #19 OSU in Cbus)
Bo 1969, 24-12 (#12 UM vs. #1 OSU in AA)
Eilliot 1959, 23-14 (NR vs. NR in AA)
Oosterbaan 1948, 13-3 (#1 UM vs. NR OSU in Cbus)
Crisler 1938, 18-0 (#17 UM vs. NR OSU in Cbus)
- Kipke breaks this reverse-streak with his 0-7 loss in 1929.
Buckeye coaches, on the other hand, have not done as well. Of their last six coaches only two have won in year one (Tressel in ‘01 and Earle Bruce in ‘79.) The others, Cooper, Woody, Fesler, and Bixler (Bixler only coached one year) all lost.
Another important note: two of those six UM victories were pretty big upsets. Carr in ‘95 and Bo in ‘69. In each of those years the highly-ranked Buckeyes were expected to dispatch of their struggling, re-orienting rivals on route to the National Championship. I wonder what the story will be this year.
(P.S. I posted this originally on the e-hovel my friends and I 'maintain' at www.bigtenfans.com)
While that certainly is a great historical trend in our favor, there is another one out there that does not reflect well upon the upcoming season.
Our previous four head coaches all lost their first game against Little Brother, Michigan State.
Elliot in 1959 was hammered 34-8, at home no less, by Sparty. It was part of a 0-6-2 run that Michigan had vs Sparty during the 1950s and early 1960s!
Bo lost in 1969 in a game where both teams were ranked in the top-15.
Moeller lost the 1990 game in the famous Desmond possible PI in the end zone on the two-point try. UM was ranked #1 going into the game!
Lloyd dropped a classic to MSU in 1995 up in East Lansing on a late TD. That game is memorable because the ABC feed cut in with breaking news of the Rabin assassination right in the middle of a punt return for a TD by MSU. Might have been Mushin Muhammed (sp?) on that return, I dont know. I was living in northern Michigan--clear MSU territory--and people partied into the night. Damn them!!!
Could not agree more.
I tick off a lot of teams that I really want to beat most years before even mentioning Sparty.
A 10-2 season with losses to ND and OSU. Not sure I define that as a true success in UM football lore.
A 10-2 season with wins over ND and OSU, but a loss to MSU (especially if said game is in East Lansing). Thats something I could live in most cases.
i get stupid hunches now and then, but i really think feagin is going to be a surprise (in a good way). the kid embraces competition and he seems psyched up about his chances to be a startin qb at um. so i see him getting the nod from richrod, i predict he'll start for the miami game.
..agree with kgh, i don't mind losing to lil bro this year only if we could that w in ku'lumbus.