Percentage / Ranking Update.

Submitted by J.W. Wells Co. on September 6th, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Here's an update for the stats nerd folks from last weekend...


In the all-time winning percentage race with Notre Dame, Michigan maintains a .0019 edge, .7305 to .7286 (or about 2.5 games; a loss for either of these schools lowers its percentage by about .0006; a win raises its percentage by about .0002).

Michigan of course maintains its 39-game margin in the wins race, 936 to 897.


Michigan plays in a game involving two AP-ranked teams only a few times a year, so last weekend's game (#11 vs. #17)  was notable for that reason.

In the era of modern Michigan football (since Bo arrived in 1969):

Michigan is 22-4-0 (.846) when playing as the AP #11, one of Michigan's most fruitful rankings from the standpoint of winning percentage.  Last loss: October 15, 2011, at Michigan State 28-14.

Michigan is 9-1-1 (.864) when playing against the AP #17, which is Michigan's best percentage against any place in the rankings.  Last loss: October 9, 2010, Michigan State 34-17.

Michigan is 365-111-7 (.762) when playing as an AP-ranked team.

Michigan is 55-41-1 (.572) when playing a lower-ranked (but not unranked) team.


Michigan has moved up to AP #8 for the game against Cincinnati.

Since 1969 Michigan is 18-6-0 (.750) playing as the AP #8.  Last win: September 4, 2004, Miami (Ohio) 43-10.  Last loss: September 1, 2012, Alabama (in Dallas) 41-14.




oriental andrew

September 6th, 2017 at 2:57 PM ^

That was the original punishment handed down by the NCAA last year, but notre dame appealed and the process is still ongoing. Technically, they still have their 21 wins over those two seasons (12-1, 9-4). Once the appeals process concludes, we'll know for sure. 

But, just for fun, if you take out those 21 wins from the 2012 and 2013 seasons, their record becomes 876-321-42 for a win percentage of 0.7240.


September 6th, 2017 at 4:01 PM ^

Interesting fact....Rutgers is in grave danger of falling to a .500 record all time.

With the loss to Washington, they are 645-639-42.

They are also tied with Iowa State for the 4th most losses in NCAA football history; Indiana (666) and Nothwestern (658) top the list.

oriental andrew

September 8th, 2017 at 9:39 AM ^

If Yale had continued to play a Div I-A / FBS schedule all this time, yes - include them on the list. But they haven't. It makes most sense to include only those teams which have played comparable slates (i.e., as part of the D I-A / FBS) throughout their histories. 

Random sidenote - did you know which team has played more games in their history than any other current FBS team? Hint: Michigan is #3 with 1306 games played.