Michigan vs Teams that no longer exist

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on August 14th, 2017 at 8:15 PM

Hard to title this other than what it is, but yes.

Here is a list of all of the teams Michigan has played in the past that either dropped their football program or weren't even colleges and just ceased to exist.


Date Opponent Result
5/30/1879 Racine W 1-0
5/12/1883 vs Detroit Independents W 40-5
11/22/1884 U. Club of Chicago W 18-10
11/7/1885 at Windsor Club W 10-0
11/14/1885 vs Windsor Club W 30-0
11/26/1885 at Peninsulars W 42-0
11/24/1887 at Harvard Club of Chicago W 26-0
11/7/1888 at Detroit Athletic Club W 14-6
11/29/1988 at U. Club of Chicago L 4-26
11/28/1889 at Chicago Athletic Association L 0-20
10/18/1890 at Detroit Athletic Club W 18-0
10/10/1891 vs Ann Arbor High School  W 62-0
11/14/1891 at Chicago Athletic Club L 0-10
11/26/1891 at Cleveland Athletic Association L 4-8
10/8/1892 vs Michigan Athletic Association W 74-0
10/12/1892 Michigan Athletic Association W 68-0
10/7/1893 vs Detroit Athletic Club W 6-0
10/14/1893 at Detroit Athletic Club W 26-0
10/6/1894 vs Michigan Military Academy T 12-12
10/21/1894 vs Michigan Military Academy W 40-6
10/5/1895 vs Michigan Military Academy W 34-0
10/12/1895 vs Detroit Athletic Club W 42-0
10/19/1895 vs Adelbert W 65-0
10/10/1896 vs Grand Rapids High School W 44-0
10/15/1896 vs Physicians & Surgeons  W 28-0
11/2/1901 Carlisle Indian School W 22-0
10/12/1904 vs Physicians & Surgeons  W 72-0
10/19/1904 vs American Medical School  W 72-0
10/23/1909 at Marquette W 6-5
10/17/1917 vs Detroit W 14-3
9/26/1942 vs Great Lakes Naval Academy W 9-0
10/10/1942 vs Iowa Pre-Flight L 14-26
9/18/1943 vs Camp Grant W 26-0
9/23/1944 at Marquette W 14-0
9/15/1945 vs Great Lakes Naval Station W 27-2
9/26/1987 vs Long Beach State W 49-0


  • The first night game in Michigan Football was against Marquette in 1944.
  • Pioneer High School used to be Ann Arbor High School. AAHS burned down in 1904.
  • Iowa Pre-Flight represented a pre-flight school at the University of Iowa. IPF went by the name the Iowa Seahawks
  • 1883 vs Detroit Independents was the first home game in program history, played at the Washtenaw County Fairgrounds.




August 15th, 2017 at 1:30 PM ^

The rules stipulated at the time:

Touchdown--0 points

Extra Point--1 point

Field Goal--1 point

So the only benefit of getting a touchdown was that the team got to attempt the conversion to score.  

In the game against Racine, Michigan scored a touchdown, missed the conversion, and then kicked a field goal later in the game.  By today's rules, that would be a 9-0 win, but at the time it was 1-0 Michigan.


August 14th, 2017 at 8:26 PM ^

I think the two 1904 games in the grid clearly show that national championships (like the 1904 one claimed by Michigan) from the pre-modern area aren't as impressive as the most recent one, though it could be that Yale (a football power back then, I believe) had some tomato cans on its 1904 schedule, too.

I didn't know Long Beach State didn't have football. Some background here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Beach_State_49ers_football


August 14th, 2017 at 8:31 PM ^

they only existed due to WW II, and only played football for 3 years.

But they were a legitimate power for those 3 years - in 1943 they finished #2.  Their only loss was to #1 Notre Dame, by a point in South Bend.


August 14th, 2017 at 8:38 PM ^

Forget Notre Dame, we have to add Cleveland Athletic Club to the B1G and rectify that 0-1 record. Who wouldn't love making the trip to the Cleve every other year to see the team beat the Fightin' Mistakes.


August 14th, 2017 at 8:45 PM ^

College football during WW2 is always pretty interesting to me. When the navy commissioned the Iowa Pre-Flight school, they placed a huge emphasis on football because they thought it would be beneficial in preparing them for battle. That team had professional players, former Michigan players, a large chunk of the actual Iowa team, etc.


Ecky Pting

August 15th, 2017 at 2:01 PM ^

Those Carlisle Indians were a serious football power back in the day. Pop Warner coached there and Jim Thorpe played there. They also introduced the overhand spiral throw, as well as the fake hand-off. Their teams were relative small in size, and so they compensated by being fast and sneaky.

Mr Miggle

August 14th, 2017 at 8:59 PM ^

for about 50 years. The school that's now Pioneer was built to replace it. The university tore down Frieze about 10 years ago to make way for North Quad. 

Bando Calrissian

August 14th, 2017 at 9:18 PM ^

The weird lockers. The windows that didn't open. The quarter-staircases connecting the separate buildings (it was three separate structures). The ground floor classrooms that were half below ground. The fact that it was always about 1000 degrees. The list was endless--the Frieze sucked.

Seemed like every semester I had a class in the basement, and it was hell. I'm all for historic preservation, and living down the street from the Frieze when they were demolishing it was annoying, but god I wish I could have taken the first swing at the place.


August 14th, 2017 at 9:07 PM ^

The hard part about being the first football team west of the Alleghenies was finding a second team to play. Michigan also did crazy things like take a train to the East Coast and play three top 10 teams in 4 days. Once they played a team in New Jersey, won, got on the train home, and when they got back they learned the New York Times had reported they lost because that New Jersey team only reported the first half score.

Maybe the best story from those years was the Windsor team cancelled the week of the game. Well Michigan wasn't having it so a bunch of guys drove to Canada, picked up the Windsor team's captain, then drove around grabbing as many Windsor players as they could, teaching them the American rules on their way back. Michigan won, then feted their guests at Hangsterfers (where Mongolian Barbecue is)


August 15th, 2017 at 12:11 AM ^

Would be interesting to know how that game against Long Beach State got on the schedule in '87. We never played any MAC schools between World War II and the late 90's. If we needed a non-conference cupcake on the schedule during the Schembechler years, we got teams like Stanford, Washington State, Wake Forest, Maryland, etc.

This must have been the result of a drop by an opponent who agreed to a one and done game at the big house and we needed a replacement game fast.