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Michigan fans hope and expect to be No. 1 again soon. I'm not sure this is what they had in mind though!
Notre Dame almost took the No. 1 position, but in the end, the Wolverines win the title for having fallen the farthest!
Michigan is the No. 1 winning-est D1 program in NCAA history with an all-time record of 872-294-36. That's good for a winning percentage of .740.
They are widely considered one of the two best teams in the pre-modern era and one of the best all-time.
They have two Helms National Championships (1901, 1902), four Billindsley National Championships (1903, 1904, 1918, 1923), one Dickinson National Championship (1932), two NCF National Championships (1933, 1947), and two AP National Championships (1948, 1997)—a total of 11.
They also have had three Heisman Trophy winners, including the only defensive player, Charles Woodson in 1997, to ever win the award!
UM, has owned SEC conference opponents in the regular season and bowl games, with an impressive record of 21-5-1 all-time!
Like Notre Dame, they have not yet played in a BCS title game either.
In 2007, The Wolverines became the only top five team to ever lose to an FCS opponent (Appalacian State).
In 2008, UM lost the first ever game to a MAC team (Toledo) in 25 all-time meetings.
As of today, June 8, 2009, it has been exactly 2025 days since Michigan has beaten arch-rival Ohio State.
In fact, Ohio State has won five straight and Buckeye coach Jim Tressel sports a lofty 7-1 record vs. UM.
Since 2001, Michigan has had only had three seasons with more than nine wins (2002 (10-3), 2003 (10-3), and 2006 (11-2)) and an overall W/L record of 67-33.
That's an average of only 8.4 wins per season and 4.2 losses.
In his second season, Rich Rodriguez looks to lead the Wolverines back to respectability and a bowl game after suffering the school's worst season ever (3-9) and missing a bowl game for the first time in 34 years.
Once his spread scheme is installed and he has a couple years to recruit players that fit the system, UM should reclaim their status as one of the top two or three teams in the Big Ten conference and as a consistently top 25 ranked team.
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