Michigan vs. AP No. 8

Submitted by J.W. Wells Co. on October 1st, 2016 at 7:32 PM

And now for your obscure stats of the day...

With today’s win against Wisconsin, Michigan is now 8-6-0 against the AP No. 8 ranked team, since Bo’s first season in 1969.

During that time Michigan has played more games (14) against the AP #8 than against any other spot in the rankings; Michigan has played 13 games each against AP #1 and AP #9.

Before today, Michigan’s last win against the AP #8 was October 15, 2005, the last-second thriller against Penn State that finished 27-25 when Chad Henne found Mario Manningham in the endzone with no time on the clock; it would be the Nittany Lions’ only loss of the year as they finished No. 3 in the rankings.

Michigan’s last loss against the AP #8 was last season, November 28, 2015, when Ohio State won 42-13 in the Big House on the way to a No. 4 final ranking.

With the win Jim Harbaugh (at Michigan) improves to 1-2 (.333) against the AP top 10, and improves to 4-2 (.667) against the AP top 25.  Jim Harbaugh is 11-1 (.917) against unranked teams.

Michigan improves to 43-46-2 (.484) against the AP top 10 since 1969, and improves to 100-92-3 (.521) against the AP top 25.  Michigan is 321-54-5 (.851) against unranked teams during that time.

Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke went a combined 1-10 against the AP top 10 after Lloyd Carr's very impressive 18-9 (including nine straight wins early in his career) had built up Michigan's record pretty nicely in that regard.