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History Lesson: Michigan Wins (a Lot)
There’s enough history surrounding the Michigan football team to fill an encyclopedia. The Wolverines are one of the most tradition-rich programs in the country – if not the richest. Here’s a quick primer:
· The all-time most wins by a college football team (869 going into 2008)
· The all-time best winning percentage (.745 going into 2008)
· The most winning seasons in college football (110)
· The most undefeated seasons (25)
· The first-ever rivalry trophy (The Little Brown Jug, Michigan vs. Minnesota)
· The best uniforms in college football, according to ESPN
· The best rivalry in all of sports, according to an ESPN survey (Michigan vs. Ohio State)
· 11 national championships, 42 Big Ten championships, 33 straight bowl games, three Heisman trophies, 77 All-Americans.
Get the point yet? From Michigan Stadium, which was constructed in 1927, to the university buildings named after some of the Wolverines’ greats (Schembechler Hall, Oosterbaan Fieldhouse, Crisler Arena, Yost Ice Arena), there are plenty of monuments in Ann Arbor that serve as reminders to Michigan’s greatness.
But that foundation has been shaken a bit with struggles on the field, including four straight losses to archrival Ohio State and bowl defeats in four of the last five seasons. New coach Rich Rodriguez — the first head coach hired from outside the program in 40 years — is trying to reverse that trend, but has failed to do so in 2008.