The 1918 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1918 Big Ten Conference football season. The teams head coach was Fielding H. Yost in his 18th season with the program. The 1918 team played in a season shortened by World War I travel restrictions and they shared the Big Ten Conference championship with Illinois and finished with a perfect record of 5–0, outscoring opponents 96 to 6. The Wolverines played their games at Ferry Field. Fullback Frank Steketee was selected by Walter Camp as a first-team All-American and was one of the top kickers in the game during the 1918 season, center Ernie Vick, and left tackle Angus Goetz were both selected as first-team All-Big Ten players. In 1918, the United States was embroiled in World War I, many University of Michigan students, including athletes, were serving in the military. Team captain Elton Wieman did not play during the 1918 season as he had enlisted in the Aviation Corps, halfback Eddie Usher was also taken into active military service after the first game of the season. Three former Michigan football players were killed in the war, One of the casualties was Curtis Redden, star end of Fielding Yosts Point-a-Minute teams. In April 1918, newspapers published a letter from Redden to a friend back home describing his units baptism of fire, And so it went from day to day, but oftimes the nights were very bad. At night, when the infantry launched its raids, or the enemy his, or the infantry became nervous and called for help, the guns stamped like stallions and snorted their breaths of fire. The blackness of the night became a series of dots and dashes, until the world resembled a vast radio station, spelling hell, hell, and hell again. The Michigan Alumnus published a letter from another Michigan athlete, Cecil F. Cross, recalling memories of football in Ann Arbor, the days are getting shorter and there is a chill in the air. It seems to bring back the old feeling which is experienced where the smell of football is in the air and he, too, has mentioned the feeling of football in the air. Before the football season began, a spread that football would be abandoned for 1918. The university decided to proceed with the season, though war-time restrictions limited travel. To compensate for the serving in the military, the existing prohibition on freshman players was lifted for the year. As originally adopted, Michigans 1918 schedule included games against Cornell, Northwestern and those games, and planned replacement games against Camp Custer and the University of Mount Union, were cancelled. Travel restrictions resulted in cancellation of the Cornell and Minnesota games, after Cornell cancelled its game, Syracuse was put on the schedule in its place
Image: 1918 Michigan Wolverines football team
Curtis Redden's letter from the front was published before the start of the 1918 season.
Halfback Abe Cohn was "an eye opener" against Case, requiring "two or three men" to stop him.
Angus Goetz blocked a punt and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown against Chicago.