So about 4 or 5 years back, I saw a table showing the University of Michigan football win/loss record broken down for every opponent we have ever played. The cool thing was that we had either a winning record or even record against every single school we have ever played more than once. The original table was in one of the pre-season football magazines (I don't remember which one). Anyway, I have tried recently to find a copy of this table to check and see if we still are even or have a winning record against everybody else, which I think is some pretty cool bragging rights. Hopefully it is still the case, but if you come accross such information, let me know!
All-time win/loss record (by school)
Everyone else = first loser
Form this, is looks like we have a losing record against Army, Cornell (!), USC (of course), and a few others.
Yeah, you are right...we need to get Cornell, UNC and Army on our schedule STAT!!! This must be rectified. (I am assuming a few Rose Bowl wins over USC will fix that situation out West).
but I believe this can be found on bentley.umich.edu
It is through 2009
Football was an absolutely brutal game back then. There were several deaths (!) during games in those days. Roosevelt himself spearheaded football reforms that included a reduction in the schedule. (And people think it's bad for Congress to get involved in the BCS...)
And some credit those reforms with "saving" college football, so TR's intervention may have been a welcome one.
See article titled Theodore Roosevelt: College football's savior from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Mvictors.com has an interesting article on that era titled "Yost & Michigan Leave the Western Conference (1906-08)" (see http://mvictors.com/?p=493). Explains that Michigan played Cornell, Penn, and Syracuse regularly from 1907 to 1916 when Yost took Michigan independent.
They definitely were needed. What I meant was that there is precedent for governmental involvement in college football reform. (And governmental intervention may be the only thing that gets rid of the BCS.)
Obviously I misread your post--sorry about that.
Not quite true, but close!
I only did a quick scan. But it looks like there are 4 teams that have currently winning records over us. One hasn't existed for probably a century: Chicago University Football Club. One still kind of exists, but we probably won't ever play again: Cornell.
Then there's Army, who leads us 5-4 (last played in '62). And USC, who leads us 6-4. We were last ahead of USC in '89, but went right back to being the next year, and then have been down to them since 2004.
UNC is also 2-1 against us all-time.
Oops you're right, I missed that one. Still, having a losing record to only 5 out of the 139 teams we've played is pretty darn good. Too bad we'll never play 2 of them again. Looks like we need to take down the U*C's though. And maybe it's time to schedule Army again....
John Cooper paid dearly for Ariz St.'s Rose Bowl win. If one counts bowls, Texas, OK and Tenn are also 1-0 vs. MICH.
I think it would be cool to start playing Army again. It seems like there was a rivalry there back in the day! Wouldn't it be more exciting to have an early season (relatively easy) win over Army than a UConn or BGSU? Or, maybe, I just want to have one fewer team out there that has a winning record against us!
I 2nd and 3rd this if thats ok with the MGoBlogeratti.
I kind of feel bad beating up on the service academies. I don't mind having a losing record to the U.S. Army.
I definitely want a crack at UNC and USC, though.
If we put UNC on the schedule in the next couple of years we have a pretty good shot.
I think we have a good shot against UNC any time - and we would have the lead against them if LT weren't a cheap-shot artist.
I'm guessing it was in The Wolverine preview magazine, or at least it always used to be. Haven't bought it the past few years, though
I use college football data warehouse:
although they recently changed the coding on the site so that you can't copy and paste the data into tables anymore. maybe i'll go back to using stassen.
A win tomorrow will boost our all-time winning percentage from .737 to .738.
And thanks to ND's latest bout of suckiness, we're now effectively 5.5 games ahead of them in the winning percentage standings.
That and they will never surpass us in total wins. Haha ND, bow down.
Here are our winning percentages against the Big 10...
Ohio State .566
Penn State .667
Pretty soon (this year hopefully) our win percentage against tOSU will begin to rise again. Next year, Nebraska will be at our mercy.
Team W L T Percentage
Chicago 5 20 1 .212
Illinois 21 42 2 .338
Iowa 27 38 4 .420
Michigan 9 50 0 .153
Michigan State 15 39 2 .286
Minnesota 26 36 3 .423
Northwestern 33 42 1 .441
Ohio State 12 65 5 .177
Penn State 0 11 0 .000
Purdue 36 67 6 .355
Wisconsin 18 34 2 .352
Totals 202 444 26 .320
At least they're in the ballpark with NW (barely).
Minnesota may be their best bet to reach .500 against. Minn was once a national power but hasn't done anything in decades. They don't seem to be headed anywhere, anytime soon. Northwestern OTOH might be tougher, given that Fitzgerald seems like a very promising coach and probably will stay a long time.
I think leaving the Metrodome is a huge plus. While I don't expect them to ever be a powerhouse, they could become as successful as a Northwestern or an MSU.
Disregard: Already covered. Apologies
That OSU winning percentage is getting way too close to .500
OSU needs to win the next 14 meetings to tie it up.