The number of responses to this week's quiz was way up from last week's. Obviously, anything to do with the SEC gets our juices flowing. Nobody get everything right, but there were some pretty close submissions. And thank you to all of those who didn't cheat. To the few who apparently did, how did you still get some answers wrong?
Question 1: The responses were fairly well-bunched; and nobody had us with a sub-.500 record against the SEC. Michigan's record against the SEC is 25-11-1, for a .689 winning percentage. 10 of those wins, however, came against Vandy (as well as the tie); against the rest of the conference, we are 15-11 all-time. (Most of the Vandy wins came in the early 20th century when Vandy was actually a very strong team, so those wins are not to be too esily discounted.)
It's hard to believe how few games Michigan has played against the SEC in over 135 years of football. And a larger percentage have occurred more recently due to the expansion of the bowl system. First meeting an SEC team in a bowl game in 1984 (losing to Auburn 9-7), Michigan has played a total of 15 bowl games against SEC opponents, compiling a record of 9 wins and 6 losses. And 5 of Michigan's last 7 bowl games have been against SEC opponents.
Question 2: Michigan has played against all but one current SEC team. The responses were pretty well split between Georgia, Kentucky, and LSU. We have actually played Georgia twice -- when they came to the Big House in 1957 and 1965 -- splitting the two games. We have played Kentucky just once, in 1908, pulling out a squeaker by a 62-0 score. And, we have never played LSU, which is somewhat hard to believe given the blue blood nature of both programs. A home-and-home sometime in the '20s might be something to shoot for.
A couple of respondents said Mississippi State, which even our youngest fans would know is not correct. But I do give those respondents credit for successfully undergoing hypnotherapy to blot out all memory of the 52-14 pasting we received from MSU in Rich Rod's last game. (So, there was something positive to take from that game in the end.)
Question 3: Here is a list of all SEC teams that Michigan has beaten, including the number of Michigan victories:
South Carolina (1)
Texas A&M (2)
Thus, we have beaten 11 of the current SEC schools (although wins against T A&M and Mizzou came before they joined the conference). Many of you assumed we had beaten Tennessee at some point in the past, but not the case. We have played them just once -- another game we would all like to forget. A home-and-home between these schools would be a great matchup for the future.
Question 4: Michigan has lost games to 8 SEC opponents:
Mississippi State (1)
South Carolina (2)
Texas A&M (1)
One final note: Florida is not on the list for Question 4. We are 3-0 against the Gators, all in major bowl games and all within the past 13 years. Michigan has never scored fewer than 38 points in any game against the Gators, with the final scores being:
2003 Outback Bowl: Michigan 38 Florida 30
2008 Capital One Bowl: Michigan 41 Florida 35 (suck on this Tebow and Meyer)
2016 Citrus Bowl Michigan 41 Florida 7
This record must remain intact. GO BLUE! CHOMP THE GATORS! And thank you all for playing.