Michigan quick facts

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Posted Nov 8, 2013


Making the trip, check out these facts before you hit Ann Arbor.

Michigan Wolverines

Stadium: Michigan Stadium

Location: Ann Arbor (Distance from Lincoln: 755 miles)

Head Coach: Brady Hoke, 3rd year (25-9)

Joined Big Ten: 1986

Big Ten Titles: 42

Nebraska vs. Michigan

Total meetings: 8

Series: Michigan leads 4-3-1

Last: 2012 (Nebraska beat Michigan 23-9 in Memorial Stadium)

Did you know? While Michigan might have the best all-time winning percentage in college football, their bowl record is below .500 at 20-22.

Overview: One of the most storied programs in college football, Michigan has more wins than any other school. With 42 Big Ten titles to their name, you could add up all the conference championships from Wisconsin, Purdue, Iowa, Northwestern, and Indiana, and it still would not equal what the Wolverines have accomplished.

Tailgating Scene: While it may not be as good as places like Wisconsin, Ohio State, or Penn State, the Wolverines know how to get it down on Main Street and the Stadium Boulevard on Saturdays. Ann Arbor is truly a college town. Expect a laid back feel when you hit city limits. While the stadium doesn't have huge parking lots surrounding it, there's plenty of room and walking should be at a minimal.

Best place to get dinner/night life on Friday night: Once called the Touchdown Cafe, Blue Leprechaun is the place to be on Friday nights, with good atmosphere, great food, the normal drinks, and plenty of crazy football fans. If the Irish pub isn't your thing and you are just looking for great food, head over to Fleetwood Diner. The outside might not be very pretty, but they are known country wide for their hash browns.

The story behind the Wolverine: According to the University of Michigan's website, there is no truly known reason why the mascot was picked, only many theories. The Wolverine has been the school mascot as early as 1861. In the 1920s, Michigan actually acquired a Wolverine, but didn't account for how big and ferrous it would become after just one year. Whoops! It was eventually donated to the Ann Arbor zoo.

Michigan's best player of all-time: RB/DB Tom Harmon – the 1940 Heisman Trophy winner, he played both sides of the ball, helping the Wolverines go 19-4-1 during his three years in school. In his final game against Ohio State, he scored three rushing touchdowns, two passing touchdowns, kicked four extra points, and recorded three interceptions. At Michigan, you are remembered for one thing. Your performances against Ohio State.


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