Michigan Football Firsts on Sept 1st

Another thing we will do in our posts is make note of a significant first, or firsts, on the first day of each month. Today’s post will highlight the first game that Michigan ever played on September 1st.

The first game that the Wolverines ever played on September first did not occur until 2001. On that day Lloyd Carr’s Michigan Men defeated Miami of Ohio by a score of 31-13.  The Wolverines have played two other games on September 1st and they were both pretty ugly!

All Michigan fans will remember September 1, 2007 – the day that fifth-ranked Michigan lost to Appalachian State by a score of 32-34. It was definitely the worst loss of Lloyd Carr’s career at Michigan and one of the biggest upsets in the history of college football. Michigan did not cover the spread that day and they could not defend it either which is why this historic loss is in the record books. Ouch!

If you love reliving painful moments in UM football history you can check out the You Tube video.

September 1, 2012 is also a day that Michigan football fans would rather forget because Alabama took Brady Hoke and his Wolverines to school in Dallas. Final Score: Alabama 41 and Michigan 14. Michigan was coming off their eleven-win season in 2011 and the Alabama game would be a measuring stick to see if Michigan was, indeed, on the way back to elite football status. Well, we all know what happened with that.

Michigan’s next game to start the month of September will be at Notre Dame on September 1, 2018. This will be a much-anticipated game and it will get the UM-ND rivalry back on track. Definitely something to look forward to Wolverine fans!

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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