And they feel so good about it! Indeed, where would the average Walverine be without their belief that Michigan has won more COLLEGE FOOTBALL games than any other college football team?
1885 vs Peninsular Cricket Club - Event Date - November 26, 1885
The Peninsular Cricket Club began as a cricket club in 1858 but by 1885 it had evolved into the city's leading all-purpose athletic club, featuring baseball, tennis, and bicycling. The UM student newspaper described this team as "a club composed of men in Detroit who play without practice." In 1887, it would become part of the new Detroit Athletic Club.
1896 vs College of Physicians & Surgeons - Event Date - October 15, 1896
The school was located on the corner of Harrison and Honore streets in Chicago, and was named the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Its doors opened in 1882, with a class of 100 students and a faculty of 27 physicians. This game was played "mid-week", on a Thursday between two Saturday games against Grand Rapids High School and "Rush Lake Forest". (Is that a college?)
1904 vs College of Physicians & Surgeons - Event Date - October 12, 1904
For some reason, UM decided to play this "team" again. The Second Half of this game lasted seven minutes. Touchdowns were worth five points. The 1904 Michigan squad is called the "point-a-minute" team, and you can see why; they were playing against opposition like this small single-building surgical training school.
We have identified 20 BOGUS WINS on the "all-time record" list that UM fans talk about incessantly. Their self-proclaimed lead over Notre Dame is 34 wins. We are now merely 15 games away from proving that Michigan is NOT IN THE LEAD FOR ALL-TIME COLLEGE FOOTBALL WINS.