This Michigan Wolverines College Football Guide provides an insider’s look into the team this year complete with the season’s schedule, top rivalries, stars from the past and current stars.
Michigan Wolverines College Football Guide
As the leaves change color and the days get shorter, Michigan Wolverine fans don their maize and blue as they head into the Big House. In Ann Arbor, when the temperature gets colder, the Wolverines know how and when to bring the heat. Every new football season brings excitement to Wolverine fans. Will Shea Patterson be the next Tom Brady? Is this the year that a 12th national championship is won?
The Wolverines have one of the most exciting on-field entrances in college football. Since 1962, the team enters the field under the “Go Blue, M Club Supports You” banner.
Where To Eat Near The Big House
- Pacific Rim by Kana – A unique Pan-Asian restaurant that features Pacific Thai Fettuccini and Five-Spice Duck
- The Chop House – Ann Arbor’s place to go for steak and seafood
- Frita Batidos – This Cuban restaurant offers one of the best burgers in America according to their reviews
- Mani Osteria – Grab a slice of mouthwatering pizza made with in-house ingredients
Five Things To Do in Ann Arbor on Sunday
- Shop in Ann Arbor’s covered shopping district, Nickel’s Arcade. It’s been called an “architectural gem filled with locally owned independent businesses”.
- Tour the University of Michigan Museum of Art. For a small donation, you can spend a couple hours looking at pieces by artists like Monet and Picasso.
- Spending the day with kids? Take them to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. There are a lot of activities for toddlers to teenagers.
- Grab a cold beer at one of the many Ann Arbor breweries. Locals suggest Wolverine State Brewing Co. and Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery.
- Fall is a great time to visit the Ann Arbor area’s cider mills. Head a few miles out of the city to grab a fresh cup of apple cider and hot sugared donut.
Best Wolverines Twitter Accounts to Follow
- Shea Patterson – https://twitter.com/SheaPatterson_1
- Aubrey Solomon – https://twitter.com/AubreySolomon91
- Casey Hughes – https://twitter.com/caseylive24
- Official U of M Football – https://twitter.com/umichfootball
- Coach Harbaugh – https://twitter.com/CoachJim4UM
Michigan vs. Michigan State
These two universities have been duking it out for bragging rights since 1898. With the schools only about an hour apart, the rivalry runs deep in southern Michigan. The winner of the game receives the Paul Bunyan Trophy, which Michigan leads 36-30-2. The two teams have met 110 times and Michigan has won 69 of those games.
Michigan vs. Ohio State
When these two teams meet, it’s not just a regular game. Fans refer to it as “The Game” and is often the most important of the season. It has been played annually at the end of the season since 1935. The two teams have played against each other 114 times. Michigan leads the series at 58-49-6.
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Talking Points for the Michigan Wolverines
What Will Shea Patterson Bring to the Team?
The quarterback transfer has high expectations among Wolverine fans and analysts. ESPN’s Phil Steele believes that Michigan will improve this year, projecting a second-place finish in the Big Ten East, which would be the best finish so far for Coach Harbaugh. Can Patterson live up to these expectations or will he flounder on the big stage?
Will the Defense Have Another Stellar Year?
The Wolverines had one of the best defenses in 2017, ranking #1 in third-down conversions allowed and #3 in total yards allowed. With 9 of the 11 starters coming back in 2018, should fans expect bigger things? Some analysts believe the mix of motivation and talent will propel the defense into “elite” status.
Names from the Past You Should Know
- Charles Woodson – Woodson played cornerback for the Wolverines from 1995-1997. He became a starter in his second game as a Wolverine and played for 34 games straight. He led the team to a national championship in 1997 and won the Heisman Trophy that year. To date, Woodson is the only primarily defensive player to win the award. Woodson left the Wolverines after his junior year and was selected fourth in the 1998 NFL Draft.
- Desmond Howard – Howard was a wide receiver at the University of Michigan from 1989 to 1991. While at Michigan, he set or tied five NCAA football records and 12 Michigan records. Howard is known for his Heisman pose during the 1991 Michigan and Ohio State game. Many fans and celebrities copied the move, making it an iconic pose. Howard went on to win the Heisman that year.
- Tom Brady – Brady is perhaps the most famous NFL player to come from the University of Michigan. He played quarterback for the team from 1995-1999. Despite being a backup quarterback for the first two years, Tom Brady went on to start every game in the 1998 and 1999 seasons. As a starter, Brady had a record of 20-5, including victories at the Orange Bowl and the Citrus Bowl.
- Ty Law – Law was a cornerback for the Wolverines from 1992-1994. While at the University of Michigan, he was a two-time unanimous All-Big Ten Conference selection. He had 154 tackles, 17 passes defended, and 6 interceptions during his college career. He entered the 1995 NFL Draft after his junior year due to his family’s dire financial situation.
- Bo Schembechler – He is known as one of the greatest college football coaches of all time. Schembechler was the head coach of the Wolverines from 1969-1989. His record as a head coach was 194-48 and his teams never had a losing season. He led the team to 13 Big Ten titles and 10 Rose Bowl appearances. Schembechler retired from the Wolverines in 1990 and went on to become the president of MLB’s Detroit Tigers.
Players to Watch Now
Patterson is a new addition to the Wolverines. The quarterback transferred from Ole Miss despite controversy. NCAA players with more than a year eligibility must sit out for one year before being eligible to play for the new team. However, Patterson fought against this rule, claiming Ole Miss fed him incorrect information about their NCAA investigation during his recruiting. Due to this, the NCAA announced that Patterson could play for Michigan immediately.
Solomon is headed into his sophomore year at the University of Michigan. He started three games during his freshman year and is expected to see a lot more playing time due to the departure of key senior players. Michigan was ranked #3 in defense last year, allowing an average of 271 yards per game. Solomon is expected to keep the momentum rolling in 2018.
Like Patterson, Hughes is a newcomer to the Wolverines this year. He transferred from Utah where he started 11 games last year and had 35 tackles. It remains unknown where Hughes will fit in at Michigan, but he will add strength to the team in whatever position he ends up playing.
Current Wolverines Coach
Former NFL Coach of the Year Jim Harbaugh has been the head coach of the Wolverines since 2015. Harbaugh played for the Wolverines from 1982-1986. He started all 13 games in 1986 and lead the team to a record of 11-2. Harbaugh has a reputation as a tough coach who tells it like it is. Despite this, he is loved by both players and fans.
- “In times of difficulty, those brave enough to stay the course will be victors in the end.” – Bo Schembechler
- “We don’t look at it as we’re heartbroken and defeated. We’ll come back. A man can be destroyed, but he can’t be defeated.”
– Jim Harbaugh
- “Those who stay will be champions.”
– Bo Schembechler
Best Wolverines Joke
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Where Do the Wolverines Play?
The Wolverines play at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The stadium is the largest in the United States and is referred to as “The Big House”. The official capacity is 107,601, but has seen crowds over 115,000.
Michigan Stadium has held many attendance records in the past, including the post-1948 NCAA collegiate football attendance record and record attendance for an NHL hockey game. In 2014, 109,318 fans watched Manchester United defeat Real Madrid, making it the largest soccer game attendance in the United States.
How to Get Michigan Football Tickets
- Scoring season tickets for Wolverines home games take some planning and patience. The deadline for renewing and getting on the list takes place during the April before the season starts. In May, the ticket office will communicate additional details to any Interest List donors.
- For single games, try StubHub or Ticketmaster.
- For group tickets – 10 or more people, e-mail the school directly.
2018 Michigan Wolverines Football Schedule
9/1 Michigan at Notre Dame
9/8 Western Michigan at Michigan
9/15 Southern Methodist at Michigan
9/22 Nebraska at Michigan
9/29 Michigan at Northwestern
10/6 Maryland at Michigan
10/13 Wisconsin at Michigan
10/20 Michigan at Michigan State
11/3 Penn State at Michigan
11/10 Michigan at Rutgers
11/17 Indiana at Michigan
11/24 Michigan at Ohio State
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