University of Michigan Football History and Trivia

Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor

The Michigan Wolverines football team represents the University of Michigan in college football at the NCAA Division I FBS level and is a member of the Big 10 Conference.
Michigan currently has the most all-time wins in college football history (1,004).

When did Michigan First Begin Playing Football?

Michigan played its first official football game in 1879 against Racine College, winning by a score of 1-0. The program's early success is attributed to Fielding H. Yost, who became head coach in 1901 and led the team to a national championship in his first four seasons.

Michigan Football Coach Fielding Yost

Where does Michigan Play its Home Games?

Michigan plays its home games at Michigan Stadium, often referred to as "The Big House", in Ann Arbor. It is the largest stadium in the United States and the Western Hemisphere, the third-largest stadium in the world, and the 34th-largest sports venue in the world. Its official capacity is 107,601, but it has hosted crowds in excess of 115,000. (Wikipedia).

How Many Championships has Michigan Won?

The answer depends on who you are asking. According to the NCAA website, the Wolverines have won 5 sole national football championships (1901, 1902, 1933, 1948 and 2023) and were 5-time national co-champions (the most recent in 1997 with Nebraska).
Most recently, Michigan won the 2023 National Football Championship with a victory over the Washington Huskies. The Wolverines were led by head coach, Jim Harbaugh, and quarterback, J.J. McCarthy and, again, stood alone - posting an undefeated 15-0 season.

Michigan Celebrates 2023 Championship

Have any Heisman Trophy Winners Played for Michigan?

Michigan has produced three Heisman Trophy winners:

The U of Michigan has been led by legendary coaches, including:

Michigan football's history is deeply intertwined with the development of college football itself, and the program continues to be a prominent force in the sport. The Wolverines' success, traditions, and passionate fan base contribute to the program's enduring legacy.

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