Lloyd Carr and Rich Rodriguez record versus Top 25.

Lloyd Carr and Rich Rodriguez record versus Top 25.

Submitted by lunchboxthegoat on October 8th, 2009 at 12:09 AM






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This is a project I had wanted to do for some time but just couldn’t find the time. However, today is Wednesday the Tigers aren’t in the playoffs and for some reason we don’t have football 7 days a week yet…. Anyway, It’s a study of Lloyd Carr and Rich Rodriguez’s records versus Top25 teams as both a Ranked and Unranked team. I simply wanted to compare numbers. I didn’t seek to make a claim for RR or for LC based on these numbers. So what follows is this study and some things that I learned in the process which was fascinating to me.

Let’s begin:


YearRecord v top25UR v top25
19953-30-0
19962-30-0
19977-00-0
19983-30-0
19995-10-0
20004-20-0
20012-20-0
20023-30-0
20035-30-0
20042-10-0
20053-22-0
20062-20-0
20073-23-0
CareerRecord v top25UR v top25

44-275-0


Clearly, Lloyd had a tremendous (thanks Lloyd) record against the top 25. A .619 winning percentage.


YearRecord v top25UR v top25
20010-30-3
20022-31-3
20032-32-2
20041-20-1
20052-11-1
20062-10-0
20074-10-0
20081-21-2
20091-01-0
CareerRecord v top25
UR v top25

15-166-12


Rich Rod doesn’t have a great record against the top 25 both as ranked and unranked. .483 winning percentage. Not terrible as a ranked opponent but pretty marginal as an unranked. It would be interesting to see what the average winning percentage is in each situation but I can’t say that I’m motivated enough to figure that out and I don’t know if there’s an easy way to figure that out.



Interesting stuff that I learned:

1. Michigan played SEVEN ranked opponents in the 1997 National Championship season. (well, co-national champ, really).

2. Nebraska only beat 4 ranked teams that year.

3. Lloyd had an impressive record when unranked versus the top 25.

4. In 2003, when Michigan may have had a case for the MNC if not for the turd they laid against USC, they played EIGHT ranked teams in a thirteen game schedule…that’s impressive.

5. The Big Ten is really, really down right now.

EDIT: No idea what that crap is at the top, I don't see it in the editor screen...Do not let it detract from my research, kthx.