Game Day – November 19, 2016. Indiana at Michigan

Michigan Football 1967 | bigbluefootballhistory.com
The 1967 Michigan Football team finished with a record of 4 wins and 6 losses. They lost the Homecoming game to the Indiana Hoosiers by a score of 20-27. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Calendar History: The Wolverines have played a total of eighteen games on November 19th  so far in their football history. Michigan’s record on this is 11 wins, 6 losses and 1 tie which works out to a winning percentage of just over under sixty-four (.639). They haven’t done as well in conference play. Check out the numbers below:

Type Game # of Games Won Lost Tied Win %
Non-Conference 4 3 1 0 .750
Conference 14 8 5 1 .607
All Games 18 11 6 1 .639

The Wolverines have played twelve home games on this date and six road games. Their home record is 8 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie. Michigan’s road record on November 19th is not as good. They have won 3 games and lost 3 games when playing away from Ann Arbor. The numbers on this page absolutely make November 19th a great day for Michigan football! History is on the side of the Maize and Blue today, but not by much! Here is a little more history about Michigan football on this date.

  • Michigan’s first game on this date took place in 1883. The Wolverines traveled to Ohio to play Weslayan College. It was a long trip home since they lost by a score of 6-14.
  • Michigan’s biggest win on this date was a 38-0 victory against Minnesota in 1921.
  • The biggest Michigan loss on this date took place against the Buckeyes in Columbus. The Wolverines lost to OSU in 1955 by a score of 0-17.
  • Michigan won the last game they played on this date against Nebraska in 2011. It would be the first conference game between the historic football foes. Michigan won this inaugural Big Ten game by a score of 45-17 in Ann Arbor.
Homecoming Program 1975 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

The 1975 Homecoming Program features six Michigan football coaches who all did well against Indiana. Bo Schembechler’s Wolverines defeated the Hoosiers on October 25, 1975 by a score of 55-7. Image courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Series History: Today’s game is the sixty-fifth game in the series between Michigan and Indiana. This will be the first time that these Big Ten rivals have ever played on the nineteenth day of November.

The first game between Michigan and Indiana was played in Ann Arbor in 1900. The Wolverines won  the game by a score of 12-0.

The biggest series win belongs to Michigan. Fielding Yost’s footballers blasted the Hoosiers by a score of 63-0 in 1925!

Bill Mallory, a long-time friend of Bo Schembecher, ambushed Bo and his Wolverines in 1987. Indiana beat Michigan in Memorial Stadium by a score of 10-14. Ugh!

The last game between these two Big Ten rivals was played on November 14, 2015. It took two overtimes, but Michigan prevailed by a score of 48-41!

The trend lines all favor Michigan in this series. The last time Indiana won in Ann Arbor was in 1967. That is a very, very, very long time ago.

Michigan and Indiana have played a total of sixty-four games so far. Check out the series numbers below:

 

Type Game # of Games Won Lost Tied Win %
UM Home 46 39 7 0 .847
UM Away 18 16 2 0 .888
Series Total 64 55 9 0 .859

History is definitely on Michigan’s side in this series! I also find it very interesting that there has never been a tie in this series. Of course, there won’t be one today!

In addition to fifty-five wins over the Hoosiers, Michigan players have had some record setting performances against Indiana. Here are five of the many notable Wolverine performances against the Hoosiers:

  • October 30, 1971 – Thom Darden returns an interception for a 60-yard touchdown in Ann Arbor.
  • October 25, 1975 – Rob Lytle rushed for four touchdowns in a 55-7 win in Michigan Stadium.
  • October 26, 1985 – Jamie Morris rushes 24 times for 179 yards in a 42-15 win in Ann Arbor.
  • October 19, 2013 – Devin Gardner sets a Michigan record for passing. He connects on 21 of 29 attempts for 503 yards. Jeremy Gallon grabs 14 of those passes for 369 yards. Michigan wins a shootout – 63-47.
  • November 14, 2015 – Jake Ruddock connects on 33 of 46 passes for 440 yards. Six of them go for touchdowns. Michigan wins in two overtimes. Final score: 48-41.

So, some of the greatest plays in Michigan football history have occurred against the Indiana Hoosiers.  Which Michigan player will do something memorable today?

Today. At this point in the 2016 season, Michigan and Indiana are in very different places. Third ranked Michigan is 9-1 and looking to win the BIG East Division title. They are also in the hunt for the college football playoff. Michigan is looking to get back on track after the upsetting game at Iowa last week. The big unknown is who is the quarterback today? I really don’t think Wilton Speight will suit up for this game. Today is the day we see how well John O’Korn can play as a starting quarterback.

Indiana is having a good season, but a win over Michigan would really be a feather in their football cap. The Hoosier defense is probably the best one that Kevin Wilson has ever put together in Bloomington. Indiana’s offense can put points on the board, but they haven’t played against a defense like Michigan’s.

As of this writing, Michigan is a twenty-five and one-half point favorite today. Unfortunately, I think it will be closer than that. A Hoosier win today would be huge, but I don’t think it will happen. I do think that the Hoosiers will play well and make a game of it for the first half. Michigan should take control in the second half and get the job done. For the second week in a row, I’m looking for a twelve point Michigan win.  Go Blue!

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher is a self-proclaimed Michigan Football Archeologist. He spends a considerable amount of his time digging into the 138-year history of Wolverine Football. He is on a mission to share his findings with Maize and Blue football fans everywhere. He is the author of one book about Michigan Football titled "21-194-13 Michigan Football's Greatest Era". His second book titled, "The Legend of Bo Schembechler-How an Unknown Buckeye Became the Winningest Coach in Michigan Football History" was released on September 12, 2017. You can learn something about Michigan Football everyday by going to his website at: bigbluefootballhistory.com. You can also follow him on Social Media.
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