Game Day – November 5, 2016 Maryland vs Michigan Football Game

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The 1985 Michigan Football team, coached by Bo Schembechler, was the first team in Michigan football history to play the Maryland Terrains. The Wolverines defeated Maryland by a score of 20-0 in the third game of the season. Michigan went on to post a record of 10 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie. They finished as the number two team in the country in the AP and UPI polls at the end of the season. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Michigan vs Maryland football games have not happened that often. Maryland will journey to Ann Arbor, Michigan today and two old friends will get together on the football field. First year Maryland Head Coach D.J. Durkin will pit his Terrapins against Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines. After the pre-game handshake at mid-field and some small talk, Harbaugh’s Wolverines will make it a long day for Durkin and his team. Before I talk about what should happen today, I want to look at the history of this short series.

Calendar History:

Michigan has played a total of sixteen games on the fifth day of November. The Wolverine record on this date is so far 13 wins and 3 losses which works out to a winning percentage of just over eighty-one percent (.813). They aren’t quite as good in conference play, but they have won nine of twelve games. Here is a quick look at the numbers:

Type Game

# of Games

Won Lost Tied

Win %

Non-Conference

4

4

0

0

1.000

Conference

12

9

3

0

.750

All Games

16

13

3

0

.813

 

Michigan has played nine home games on this date and seven road games. Their home record is 8 wins and 1 loss. On the road, they have won five of seven games. Once again, it appears that history is on Michigan’s side on the fifth day of November. Here is a little more history about Michigan football on this date.

  • Michigan’s first game on this date took place way back in 1880. The Wolverines played their first and only game in a foreign country (Toronto, Canada) and went home with a 13-6 victory.
  • Michigan’s biggest win on this date was a 60-8 win against Albion College in 1892.
  • Their biggest Wolverine loss on this date was a 6-25 clunker at Illinois in 1955.
  • Michigan’s last game on this date was against Iowa in 2011. The Hawkeyes ambushed the Wolverines in Iowa City. Final Score: Iowa 24 Michigan 16.

Series History:

Today’s game is only the sixth game played between Maryland and Michigan. This is the first time that the teams have met on November 5th.

The first game between Michigan and Maryland was played in Ann Arbor in 1985. Bo Schembechler’s Wolverines defeated the Terrapins by a score of 20-0.

The last game between these two Big Ten rivals was October 3, 2015. Michigan, led by Jim Harbaugh, won  that game by a score of 28-0.

Here is a quick look at the numbers for Michigan and Maryland since 1985. Check out the series numbers below:

Type Game

# of Games

Won

Lost

Tied

Win %

UM Home

4

3

1

0

.750

UM Away

1

1

0

0

1.000

Series Total

5

4

1

0

.800

 

History is definitely on Michigan’s side in this series. It is very, very likely that the Wolverines will win at home against Maryland today.

Today.

At this point in the 2016 season, Michigan and Maryland are in very different places. In less than two seasons, Jim Harbaugh has his system fully installed at Michigan and his Wolverines are hitting on all cylinders. D.J. Durkin is in the first year of his Maryland tenure and it shows. He just doesn’t have the talent he needs, but his team is playing much better than last year. Of course, the Wolverines are playing for a Big Ten championship and a shot at the national title. The Terrapins are looking to get into a bowl game in Durkin’s first year.

Michigan is a twenty-six point favorite today, but I think it will be worse than that, much worse! Michigan is just too good right now and Jim Harbaugh will not hold anything back against his good friend D. J. Durkin. It could get ugly real fast. Michigan will win BIG today! 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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