2017 Michigan Wolverines football team

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2017 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division East Division
2017 record 8–5 (5–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Jim Harbaugh (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Tim Drevno (3rd season)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator Don Brown (2nd season)
Base defense 4–3
MVP Chase Winovich
Captain Mason Cole (Sr year)
Captain Mike McCray (Sr year)
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
(Capacity: 107,601)
Uniform
Michigan wolverines football uniforms.png
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 5 Ohio State xy$   8 1         12 2  
No. 18 Michigan State   7 2         10 3  
No. 9 Penn State   7 2         11 2  
Michigan   5 4         8 5  
Rutgers   3 6         4 8  
Indiana   2 7         5 7  
Maryland   2 7         4 8  
West Division
No. 6 Wisconsin xy   9 0         13 1  
No. 20 Northwestern   7 2         10 3  
Iowa   4 5         8 5  
Purdue   4 5         7 6  
Nebraska   3 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 7         5 7  
Illinois   0 9         2 10  
Championship: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of June 22, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Michigan Wolverines football team, sometimes known as Team 138 in reference to the 138-year tradition of the Michigan football program, was an American football team that represented the University of Michigan during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wolverines played in the East Division of the Big Ten Conference and played their home games at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan was coached by Jim Harbaugh, who was in his third season, they finished the season 8–5, 5–4 in Big Ten play to finish in fourth place in the East Division. They were invited to the Outback Bowl where they lost to South Carolina.

Preseason[edit]

Spring game[edit]

Michigan played a public spring exhibition game in Michigan Stadium on Saturday, April 15, 2017, the announced attendance was 57,418. The Maize team's Kyle Seychel kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired for the 31-29 win.[1]

Italy trip[edit]

The Michigan football team traveled to Italy for a week in late April for training, sight-seeing, and brand exposure,[2] the team held three public practices and hosted other publicity events. Coach Jim Harbaugh was offered the opportunity to meet Pope Francis, during which he gifted the Pope an authentic Michigan helmet and a pair of Michigan-themed Jordan Brand shoes.[3]

Recruiting[edit]

Position key[edit]

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

Recruits[edit]

Michigan's recruiting class consisted of 30 recruits, including 11 that enrolled early.[4][5][6][7] Michigan's recruiting class was ranked No. 3 by Scout, No. 4 by Rivals, No. 6 by ESPN, and No. 5 by 247Sports.com's composite rankings.[8][9][10][11] The class was considered one of Michigan's strongest recruiting classes from the modern era, and was highlighted by composite 5-star prospects WR Donovan Peoples-Jones and DL Aubrey Solomon.[12]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 11 8 7 8 8 7 17 19 RV RV 21 19 19 RV RV NR 
Coaches 9 8 7 8 7 7 16 15 25 24 22 18 18 RV NR NR 
CFP Not released NR NR 24 24 NR NR Not released

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 3:30 p.m. vs. No. 17 Florida* No. 11 ABC W 33–17 75,802[13]
September 9 12:00 p.m. Cincinnati* No. 8 ABC W 36–14 111,384[14]
September 16 12:00 p.m. Air Force* No. 7
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
BTN W 29–13 111,387[15]
September 23 4:00 p.m. at Purdue No. 8 Fox W 28–10 60,402[16]
October 7 7:30 p.m. Michigan State No. 7
ABC L 10–14 112,432[17]
October 14 12:00 p.m. at Indiana No. 17 ABC W 27–20 OT 52,929[18]
October 21 7:30 pm at No. 2 Penn State No. 19 ABC L 13–42 110,823[19]
October 28 12:00 p.m. Rutgersdagger
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
BTN W 35–14 111,213[20]
November 4 8:30 p.m. Minnesota
Fox W 33–10 111,090[21]
November 11 3:30 p.m. at Maryland BTN W 35–10 44,325[22]
November 18 12:00 p.m. at No. 5 Wisconsin No. 24 Fox L 10–24 81,216[23]
November 25 12:00 p.m. No. 8 Ohio State
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI (The Game)
Fox L 20–31 112,028[24]
January 1, 2018 12:00 p.m. vs. South Carolina* ESPN2 L 19–26 45,687[25]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Radio[edit]

Radio coverage for all games is broadcast statewide on The Michigan IMG Sports Network and on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, the radio announcers are Jim Brandstatter with play-by-play, Dan Dierdorf with color commentary, and Doug Karsch with sideline reports.[26]

Game summaries[edit]

vs. Florida[edit]

Michigan vs. Florida
(Advocare Classic)
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 11 Wolverines 10 3 13 7 33
No. 17 Gators 3 14 0 0 17
  • Date: September 2
  • Location: AT&T Stadium
    Arlington, TX
  • Game start: 3:41 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:28
  • Game attendance: 75,802
  • Game weather: Indoors, 72º F
  • Referee: Brad Van Vark
  • TV announcers (ABC): Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 January 1, 2016 Michigan, 41–7

To begin the season, Michigan faced the Florida Gators in a neutral site game in Arlington, Texas in the Advocare Classic, this was the first meeting between the teams since the 2016 Citrus Bowl.[28] It was the fourth meeting between Michigan and Florida, and the first ever regular season meeting between the teams.

Michigan defeated Florida, 33–17.[29] Florida opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 46-yard field goal from Eddy Pineiro. Michigan responded with a 25-yard field goal from Quinn Nordin to tie the game, and a 46-yard touchdown pass from Wilton Speight to Tarik Black, for their first lead of the game. Florida added 14 points in the second quarter via back-to-back interception returns, a 48-yard interception return from Duke Dawson, and a 41-yard interception return from CJ Henderson. Wilton Speight was briefly benched in the second quarter, replaced by John O'Korn, he re-entered the game to start the second half. Michigan reduced Florida's lead to four points via a 55-yard field goal from Nordin, which made the score 17–13 in favor of Florida at half-time. Michigan then scored 20 unanswered points in the second half, via a three-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon and 30-yard field goal from Nordin in the third quarter. Michigan extended its lead in the fourth quarter via a 50-yard field goal from Nordin and a fumble recovery in the end-zone by Noah Furbush.[30]

Michigan wore all-maize alternate jerseys for the first time since 1928, with the win, Michigan ended Florida's 27-year season-opener winning streak, which was the longest active streak in the nation. Kicker Quinn Nordin became the first kicker in Michigan history with two successful conversions of field goals of 50 yards or longer in the same game. Just one game into his career, Nordin is tied for third in program history for most attempts made at 50 yards or more.[28]

vs. Cincinnati[edit]

Cincinnati at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 7 0 7 0 14
No. 8 Wolverines 14 3 7 12 36
  • Date: September 9
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 12:06 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:35
  • Game attendance: 111,384
  • Game weather: Mid 60s, Clear and sunny, NE 10–20 MPH
  • Referee: Don Willard
  • TV announcers (ABC): Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard and Allison Williams
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Following its opening game against Florida, Michigan hosted the Cincinnati Bearcats, this was the first ever meeting between the two teams.[32]

Michigan defeated Cincinnati 36–14.[33] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 43-yard touchdown pass from Speight to Kekoa Crawford. Michigan extended its lead via a 28-yard interception return from Tyree Kinnel. Cincinnati reduced Michigan's lead to seven points via a one-yard touchdown run from Mike Boone. Michigan added a 28-yard field goal from Nordin in the second quarter, which made the score 17–7 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Cincinnati opened the scoring in the third quarter via a 10-yard touchdown pass from Hayden Moore to Kahlil Lewis. Michigan responded with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Speight to Grant Perry later in the third quarter, and extended its lead in the fourth quarter via a 24-yard field goal from Nordin, a safety when Cincinnati fumbled a punt, and a 24-yard interception return from Levert Hill.[34]

Michigan's honorary captain for the game was ESPN NFL Insider and 1989 alumni Adam Schefter. Wilton Speight surpassed the 3,000-yard passing mark for his career, becoming the 13th quarterback in Michigan history to reach the milestone.[32]

vs. Air Force[edit]

Air Force at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 3 3 7 0 13
No. 7 Wolverines 3 6 10 10 29
  • Date: September 16
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 12:01 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:13
  • Game attendance: 111,387
  • Game weather: Near 80, Clear and sunny, SW 5–10 MPH
  • Referee: Mike Cannon
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen and Michelle McMahon
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 September 8, 2012 Michigan, 31–25

After playing Cincinnati, Michigan hosted the Air Force Falcons, this was the first meeting between the schools since 2012.[36]

Michigan defeated Air Force 29–13,[37] the teams exchanged field goals in the first and second quarter, before a 49-yard field goal from Nordin at the end of the second quarter, which made the score 9–6 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan opened the scoring in the third quarter via a 79-yard punt return from Donovan Peoples-Jones. Air Force responded with a 64-yard touchdown pass from Arion Worthman to Ronald Cleveland. Michigan extended its lead via a 29-yard field goal from Nordin later in the third quarter. Michigan added 10 points in the fourth quarter via a 36-yard field from Nordin and a 36-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon.[38]

Michigan's honorary captain for the game was Michigan's director of player personnel Sean Magee. Kicker Quinn Nordin went 5-for-5 on field goal attempts to tie Michigan's single game record. Donovan Peoples-Jones' 79-yard punt return for a touchdown was the longest since Derrick Alexander returned one 79-yards against North Carolina State in 1993.[36]

at Purdue[edit]

Michigan at Purdue
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Wolverines 0 7 7 14 28
Boilermakers 0 10 0 0 10
  • Date: September 23
  • Location: Ross-Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game start: 4:12 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:28
  • Game attendance: 60,042
  • Game weather: 89º F, clear, SE 3 MPH
  • Referee: Jerry McGinn
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Davis, Brady Quinn and Bruce Feldman
Overall record Last meeting Result
44–14 October 6, 2012 Michigan, 44–13

Following its game against Air Force, Michigan began its conference schedule when it traveled to West Lafayette, Indiana to face the Purdue Boilermakers.[40]

Michigan defeated Purdue 28–10,[41] after neither team scored in the first quarter, Michigan opened the scoring in the second quarter via a 12-yard touchdown pass from John O'Korn to Zach Gentry. Purdue responded with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Sindelar to Brycen Hopkins. Purdue then took their first lead of the game via a 29-yard field goal from J. D. Dellinger, which made the score 10–7 in favor of Purdue at half-time. Michigan then scored 21 unanswered points in the second half, via a 10-yard touchdown run from Chris Evans, a one-yard touchdown run from Ty Isaac, and a 49-yard touchdown run from Evans.[42]

Michigan's defense held Purdue to 0-for-12 on third-down conversions, as Purdue did not convert a first down in the second half. Purdue was held to only 10 total yards in the second half.[40]

vs. Michigan State[edit]

Michigan State at Michigan
(Paul Bunyan Trophy)
1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 7 7 0 0 14
No. 7 Wolverines 3 0 7 0 10
  • Date: October 7
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 7:43 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:36
  • Game attendance: 112,432
  • Game weather: High 70s, partly cloud with rain, SW 20–30 MPH
  • Referee: John O'Neill
  • TV announcers (ABC): Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Maria Taylor
Overall record Last meeting Result
69–35–5 October 29, 2016 Michigan, 32–23

After a bye week, the Wolverines hosted their in-state rival, the Michigan State Spartans, in the battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy.[44]

Michigan State upset Michigan 14–10.[45] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 30-yard field goal from Nordin. Michigan State responded with a 14-yard touchdown run from Brian Lewerke. Michigan State extended its lead in the second quarter via a 16-yard touchdown pass from Lewerke to Madre London, which made the score 14–3 in favor of Michigan State at half-time. Michigan reduced the Spartans lead to four points in the third quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from Khalid Hill. Michigan's attempted comeback failed when O'Korn's Hail Mary pass was incomplete to end the game.[46]

Michigan's honorary captains for the game were Sue Burton, the widow of former assistant coach Tirrel Burton; Jerry Hanlon, former assistant coach under Bo Schembechler; Gordon Bell, former Michigan tailback; and Ed Muransky, former All-American tackle for Michigan. The loss snapped Michigan's 10-game home winning streak at Michigan Stadium. Michigan's five turnovers were the most since recording six in 2012. Michigan's 10 points were the program's fewest since 2014. Michigan's defense held Michigan State to 2-for-14 on third-down conversions, and only 66 total yards in the second half,[44] the game marked the first prime time game in the history of the rivalry.[47]

at Indiana[edit]

Michigan at Indiana
1 2 3 4 OT Total
No. 17 Wolverines 3 10 0 7 7 27
Hoosiers 0 3 7 10 0 20
  • Date: October 14
  • Location: Memorial Stadium
    Bloomington, IN
  • Game start: 12:06 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:54
  • Game attendance: 52,929
  • Game weather: 73º F, Sunny, S 9 MPH
  • Referee: Mark Kluczyski
  • TV announcers (ABC): Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, and Allison Williams
Overall record Last meeting Result
56–9 November 19, 2016 Michigan, 20–10

Michigan returned to the road to face the Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington, Indiana in their sixth game of the season.[49]

Michigan defeated Indiana 27–20 in overtime.[50] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 40-yard field goal from Nordin. Michigan added ten points in the second quarter via a 38-yard field goal from Nordin and a 12-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon. Indiana reduced Michigan's lead to ten points via a 32-yard field goal from Griffin Oakes, which made the score 13–3 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Indiana opened the scoring in the second half via an eight-yard touchdown run from Morgan Ellison. Michigan extended its lead in the fourth quarter via a 59-yard touchdown run from Higdon. Indiana responded with ten points in the fourth quarter via an eight-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Ramsey to Whop Philyor, and a field goal from Oakes as time expired to tie the game and force overtime; in overtime, Michigan scored via a 25-yard touchdown run from Higdon to win the game.[51]

The win marked Michigan's 500th in Big Ten conference play, becoming the first Big Ten team to reach the milestone.[49]

at Penn State[edit]

Michigan at Penn State
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 19 Wolverines 0 13 0 0 13
No. 2 Nittany Lions 14 7 7 14 42
  • Date: October 21
  • Location: Beaver Stadium
    University Park, PA
  • Game start: 7:42 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:16
  • Game attendance: 110,823
  • Game weather: 70–55, Mostly sunny, NW 0–3 MPH
  • Referee: Jerry McGin
  • TV announcers (ABC): Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–7 September 24, 2016 Michigan, 49–10

Following its clash with Indiana, Michigan traveled to University Park, Pennsylvania to face the Penn State Nittany Lions.[53] A group of Penn State students caused controversy when they displayed a sign saying Michigan's quarterbacks are worse than the Flint water crisis.[54] Penn State's administration has since denounced the students' actions.[55]

Michigan lost to Penn State 42–13.[56] Penn State scored 14 points in the first quarter via two touchdown runs from Saquon Barkley, from 69 yards and 15 yards, respectively. Michigan responded with 13 points in the second quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon, and a six-yard touchdown run from Ty Isaac, to reduce the Nittany Lions' lead to one point. Penn State extended its lead in the second quarter via a three-yard touchdown run from Trace McSorley, which made the score 21–13 in favor of Penn State at half-time. Penn State then scored 21 unanswered points in the second half via a 13-yard touchdown run from McSorley in the third quarter, and a 42-yard touchdown pass from McSorley to Barkley and a nine-yard touchdown run from McSorley in the fourth quarter.[57]

vs. Rutgers[edit]

Rutgers at Michigan
(Homecoming game)
1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 0 7 7 0 14
Wolverines 0 21 7 7 35
  • Date: October 28
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 12:01 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:02
  • Game attendance: 111,213
  • Game weather: Low 40s, Partly cloudy, SW 10–15 MPH
  • Referee: Ron Snodgrass
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen and Elise Menaker
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 October 8, 2016 Michigan, 78–0

After its game against Penn State, Michigan faceed the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in Michigan's homecoming game. Michigan defeated Rutgers in the previous meeting 78–0.[59][60]

Michigan defeated Rutgers 35–14,[61] after neither team scored in the first quarter, Michigan opened the scoring in the second quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from Khalid Hill. Rutgers responded with a 65-yard touchdown run from Janarion Grant to tie the game. Michigan responded with a 10-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon, and a 20-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Peters to Chris Evans, which made the score 21–7 in favor of Michigan at half-time, the teams exchanged touchdowns in the third quarter via a five-yard touchdown run from Kareem Walker for Michigan, and a two-yard touchdown run from Gus Edwards for Rutgers. Michigan extended its lead in the fourth quarter via a 49-yard touchdown run from Higdon.[62]

Michigan's 334 rushing yards were its most since recording 481 rushing yards at Rutgers last season, while its 471 total yards was a season-high, and the most since recording 660 total yards last season against Maryland. Karan Higdon and Ty Isaac both surpassed 100-yards rushing, marking the 40th time in program history that Michigan had a pair of 100-yard rushers. The last time Michigan accomplished the feat was last year against Rutgers. Michigan tied a season-high with 11 tackles-for-loss.[60]

vs. Minnesota[edit]

Minnesota at Michigan
(Little Brown Jug)
1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 7 0 0 3 10
Wolverines 13 7 13 0 33
  • Date: November 4
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 8:31 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:08
  • Game attendance: 111,090
  • Game weather: High 40s, Cloudy with rain, NE 10–15 MPH
  • Referee: Daniel Capron
  • TV announcers (Fox): Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, and Holly Sonders
Overall record Last meeting Result
74–25–3 October 3, 2015 Michigan, 29–26

After facing Rutgers, Michigan will host the Minnesota Golden Gophers for the Little Brown Jug; in the previous meeting (in 2015), Michigan defeated Minnesota, 29–26.[64]

Michigan defeated Minnesota 33–10.[65] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 20-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Peters to Sean McKeon. Minnesota responded with a 10-yard touchdown run from Rodney Smith to tie the game. Michigan regained the lead via a 77-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon. Michigan extended its lead in the second quarter via a 60-yard touchdown run from Chris Evans, which made the score 20–7 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan added 13 points in the third quarter via a five-yard touchdown run from Higdon, and a 67-touchdown run from Evans. Minnesota responded with a 23-yard field goal from Emmit Carpenter in the fourth quarter.[66]

With Karan Higdon rushing for 200 yards, and Chris Evans rushing for 191 yards, Michigan had a pair of 100-yard rushers in consecutive games for the first time since 1975. Karan Higdon recorded his second 200-yard game of the season, becoming the first Michigan running back to record multiple 200-yard games in the same season since Mike Hart in 2004. Khaleke Hudson's eight tackles-for-loss broke the single game franchise record, surpassing the previous record of seven set by Larry Foote at Iowa in 2001.[64]

at Maryland[edit]

Michigan at Maryland
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 21 Wolverines 7 21 0 7 35
Terrapins 0 0 3 7 10
  • Date: November 11
  • Location: Maryland Stadium
    College Park, MD
  • Game start: 3:40 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 44,325
  • Referee: Jeff Servinsky
  • TV announcers (BTN): Brandon Gaudin, Glen Mason and Elise Menaker
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–1 November 5, 2016 Michigan, 59–3

After hosting Minnesota, Michigan traveled to College Park, Maryland to face the Maryland Terrapins.[68]

Michigan defeated Maryland 35–10.[69] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a two-yard touchdown run from Henry Poggi. Michigan added 21 points in the second quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from Chris Evans, a 33-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Peters to Zach Gentry, and a three-yard touchdown pass from Peters to Sean McKeon, which made the score 28–0 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Maryland opened the scoring in the second half via a 20-yard field goal from Henry Darmstadter, the teams exchanged touchdowns in the fourth quarter via a 10-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Brand to Tavion Jacobs for Maryland, and a 17-yard touchdown run from Evans for Michigan.[70]

With Chris Evans surpassing the 500-yard rushing mark for the season, he joined Ty Isaac and Karan Higdon to give Michigan three running backs with at least 500 rushing yards on the season for the first time since 1991.[68]

at Wisconsin[edit]

Michigan at Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 19 Wolverines 0 7 3 0 10
No. 5 Badgers 7 0 14 3 24
  • Date: November 18
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium
    Madison, WI
  • Game start: 12:05 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:30
  • Game attendance: 81,216
  • Game weather: 37º F, Cloudy, N 14 MPH
  • Referee: M. Cannon
  • TV announcers (Fox): Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft
Overall record Last meeting Result
50–14–1 October 1, 2016 Michigan, 14–7

Following its game against Maryland, Michigan played its final road game against the Wisconsin Badgers. Michigan defeated the Badgers in a top 10 showdown during the prior meeting, winning 14–7.[72][73]

Michigan lost to Wisconsin 24–10.[74] Wisconsin opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 50-yard punt return from Nick Nelson. Michigan responded with a one-yard touchdown run from Ben Mason in the second quarter to tie the game at half-time. Michigan opened the scoring in the second half via a 39-yard field goal from Quinn Nordin, to take their first lead of the game. Wisconsin responded with 14 points in the third quarter via a 24-yard touchdown pass from Alex Hornibrook to A. J. Taylor, and a 32-yard touchdown run from Kendric Pryor. Wisconsin extended its lead in the fourth quarter via a 30-yard field goal from Rafael Gaglianone.[75]

Michigan's defense held Wisconsin to just 5-of-15 on third down conversions. Michigan's offense averaged 207.8 rushing yards per game coming into the game.

vs. Ohio State[edit]

Ohio State at Michigan
(The Game)
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Buckeyes 0 14 7 10 31
Wolverines 7 7 6 0 20
  • Date: November 25
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 12:05 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:42
  • Game attendance: 112,028
  • Game weather: Mid 40s, Party cloudy, NE 15–20 MPH
  • Referee: Ron Snodgrass
  • TV announcers (Fox): Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft
Overall record Last meeting Result
58–48–6 November 26, 2016 Ohio State, 30–27 2OT

Following its road finale against Wisconsin, Michigan hosted its arch-rivals, the Ohio State Buckeyes, in the 114th meeting of "The Game".[77]

Michigan lost to Ohio State 31–20.[78] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a two-yard touchdown run from Khalid Hill. Michigan extended its lead in the second quarter via a three-yard touchdown pass from John O'Korn to Sean McKeon. Ohio State responded with 14 points in the second quarter via a 21-yard touchdown run from J. T. Barrett, and a 25-yard touchdown pass from Barrett to Marcus Baugh to tie the game at half-time. Michigan regained the lead in the third quarter via a two-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon. Ohio State responded with a one-yard touchdown run from J. K. Dobbins, giving them their first lead of the game. Ohio State scored 10 points in the fourth quarter via a 44-yard field goal from Sean Nuernberger, and a 25-yard touchdown run from Mike Weber.[79]

Michigan's honorary captains for the game was former Wolverine and 1997 Heisman winner Charles Woodson, and alumnus Dao-Yi Chao, creative director and co-founder of Public School New York (PSNY). Senior left tackle and offensive captain Mason Cole made his 50th consecutive start on the offensive line for the Wolverines, tying him with Jon Jansen (1995–98) for most in program history among offensive linemen. Michigan's defense held Ohio State to minus-six yards of offense in the first quarter, marking the first full quarter in negative yardage for the Buckeyes since 2010, the first play during each of Ohio State's first three possessions resulted in a Michigan tackle for loss.[77]

vs. South Carolina[edit]

Michigan vs. South Carolina
(Outback Bowl)
1 2 3 4 Total
Wolverines 6 3 10 0 19
Gamecocks 0 3 13 10 26
  • Date: January 1
  • Location: Raymond James Stadium
    Tampa,. FL
  • Game start: 12:00 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:44
  • Game attendance: 45,687
  • Game weather: 56º F, Cloudy, Light rain, N 11 MPH
  • Referee: Stuart Mullins
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, and Molly McGrath
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 January 1, 2013 South Carolina, 33–28

On December 3, Michigan was selected to play in the Outback Bowl against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Michigan lost the previous meeting in the 2013 Outback Bowl, by a score of 33–28, this was Michigan's 46th bowl game appearance, and sixth appearance in the Outback Bowl.[80]

Michigan lost to South Carolina 26–19.[81] Michigan scored six points in the first quarter via two field goals from Quinn Nordin, from 35-yards, and 26-yards, respectively, the teams exchanged field goals in the second quarter, one from Parker White from 44-yards for South Carolina, and one from Nordin from 45-yards for Michigan, which made the score 9–3 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan scored 10 points in the third quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from Ben Mason, and a 48-yard field goal from Nordin. South Carolina responded with 23 straight points in the second half via a 17-yard touchdown run from Rico Dowdle and a 21-yard touchdown pass from Jake Bentley to Bryan Edwards in the third quarter. South Carolina took their first lead of the game in the fourth quarter via a 53-yard touchdown pass from Bentley to Shi Smith, and extended their lead via a 22-yard field goal from White.

Michigan's defense held South Carolina to 2-of-14 on third-down conversions, as the Gamecocks did not convert their first third-down opportunity until fewer than five minutes remained in the third quarter.[82]

2018 NFL Draft[edit]

Rnd. Pick # NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
3* 97 Arizona Cardinals Cole, MasonMason Cole  C Michigan Big Ten
5 140 Oakland Raiders Hurst Jr., MauriceMaurice Hurst Jr.  DT Michigan Big Ten

Roster[edit]

2018 Michigan Wolverines football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 5 Milton, JoeJoe Milton Fr
WR 2 Martin, OliverOliver Martin Fr
CB 6 Sims, MylesMyles Sims Fr
WR 4 Collins, NicoNico Collins Fr
RB 5 Taylor, KurtKurt Taylor Fr
QB 6 Sessa, MichaelMichael Sessa RFr
RB 6 Walker, KareemKareem Walker RFr
WR 7 Black, TarikTarik Black Fr
QB 8 O'Korn, JohnJohn O'Korn RSr
WR 9 Peoples-Jones, DonovanDonovan Peoples-Jones Fr
QB 10 McCaffery, DylanDylan McCaffery Fr
RB 12 Evans, ChrisChris Evans So
WR 13 McDoom, EddieEddie McDoom So
QB 15 Moores, GarrettGarrett Moores RSr
QB 15 Malzone, AlexAlex Malzone Jr
WR 16 Wangler, JackJack Wangler RSr
TE 17 Wheatley, TyroneTyrone Wheatley RSo
QB 18 Peters, BrandonBrandon Peters RFr
FB 19 Poggi, HenryHenry Poggi RSr
RB 20 Wilson, TruTru Wilson RFr
RB 22 Higdon, KaranKaran Higdon Jr
RB 23 Samuels, O'MauryO'Maury Samuels Fr
WR 24 Martin, JakeJake Martin RFr
RB 27 Hewlett, JoeJoe Hewlett Sr
WR 28 Brenner, AustinAustin Brenner RFr
WR 29 White, BrendanBrendan White Jr
FB 30 Beneducci, JoeJoe Beneducci Sr
RB 32 Isaac, TyTy Isaac RSr
TE 34 Ferris, KennethKenneth Ferris Jr
FB 35 Chu, BrianBrian Chu Sr
WR 35 Schoenle, NateNate Schoenle RFr
FB 39 Dickow, SpencerSpencer Dickow Jr
FB 40 Volk, NickNick Volk Sr
FB 41 Hirsch, MichaelMichael Hirsch Sr
FB 42 Mason, BenBen Mason Fr
TE 42 Files, RyanRyan Files Jr
RB 44 Char, JaredJared Char Fr
FB 45 Dantzer, TravisTravis Dantzer Fr
FB 49 Plocki, TylerTyler Plocki Fr
OL 50 Onwenu, MichaelMichael Onwenu So
OL 51 Ruiz, CesarCesar Ruiz Fr
OL 52 Cole, MasonMason Cole Sr
OL 57 Kugler, PatrickPatrick Kugler RSr
OL 59 Honigford, JoelJoel Honigford Fr
OL 61 Jokisch, DaneDane Jokisch RFr
OL 63 Fitzgerald, SeanSean Fitzgerald Fr
OL 65 Kay, AnthonyAnthony Kay Fr
OL 66 Filiaga, ChuckChuck Filiaga Fr
OL 67 Speight, JessJess Speight Fr
OL 68 Vastardis, AndrewAndrew Vastardis RFr
OL 70 Ulizio, NolanNolan Ulizio So
OL 71 Stueber, AndrewAndrew Stueber Fr
OL 72 Spanellis, StephenStephen Spanellis RFr
OL 73 Hall, JaRaymondJaRaymond Hall Fr
OL 74 Bredeson, BenBen Bredeson So
OL 75 Runyan, JonJon Runyan RSo
OL 76 Bushell-Beatty, JuwanJuwan Bushell-Beatty RJr
OL 77 Newsome, GrantGrant Newsome RSo
OL 79 Robinson, GregGreg Robinson RFr
TE 80 Hill, KhalidKhalid Hill RSr
TE 82 Eubanks, NickNick Eubanks RFr
TE 83 Gentry, ZachZach Gentry RSo
TE 84 McKeon, SeanSean McKeon So
WR 85 Ways, MauriceMaurice Ways RJr
TE 86 Edmonds, ConnerConner Edmonds RFr
WR 88 Perry, GrantGrant Perry Jr
TE 89 Bunting, IanIan Bunting RJr
TE 92 Selzer, CarterCarter Selzer Fr
TE 99 Veingrad, RyanRyan Veingrad Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 1 Anthony, JordanJordan Anthony Fr
DE 2 Kemp, CarloCarlo Kemp So
DE 3 Gary, RashanRashan Gary So
DE 4 Jones, ReubenReuben Jones RSo
DT 5 Solomon, AubreyAubrey Solomon Fr
S 7 Hudson, KhalekeKhaleke Hudson So
LB 8 Singleton, DrewDrew Singleton Fr
LB 9 McCray, MikeMike McCray RSr
LB 10 Bush, DevinDevin Bush So
LB 12 Ross, JoshJosh Ross Fr
CB 12 Harris, DrakeDrake Harris RJr
CB 13 Thomas, AmbryAmbry Thomas Fr
S 14 Metellus, JoshJosh Metellus So
DE 15 Winovich, ChaseChase Winovich RJr
S 16 Kelly-Powell, JaylenJaylen Kelly-Powell Fr
CB 17 Johnson, NateNate Johnson So
DE 18 Vilain, LuijiLuiji Vilain Fr
DE 19 Paye, KwityKwity Paye Fr
CB 20 Mitchell, MattMatt Mitchell Sr
S 20 Hawkins, BradBrad Hawkins Fr
CB 22 Long, DavidDavid Long RFr
DB 23 Kinnel, TyreeTyree Kinnel Jr
CB 24 Hill, LavertLavert Hill So
CB 25 St. Juste, BenjaminBenjamin St. Juste Fr
S 26 Woods, J'MarickJ'Marick Woods Fr
CB 27 Reynolds, HunterHunter Reynolds Fr
CB 28 Watson, BrandonBrandon Watson RJr
S 29 Glasgow, JordanJordan Glasgow Jr
S 30 Cochran, TylerTyler Cochran RFr
DT 31 Paea, PhillipPhillip Paea Fr
DB 32 Grodman, LouisLouis Grodman Jr
LB 35 Uche, JoshJosh Uche RFr
LB 36 Gil, DevinDevin Gil RFr
DB 36 Krupp, TaylorTaylor Krupp Jr
LB 38 Wangler, JaredJared Wangler RJr
S 43 West, JacobJacob West Jr
DT 44 Irving-Bey, DeronDeron Irving-Bey Fr
LB 44 Shibley, AdamAdam Shibley Fr
LB 46 Wroblewski, MichaelMichael Wroblewski RSr
DT 50 Dwumfour, MichaelMichael Dwumfour RFr
LB 51 Bush, PeterPeter Bush RFr
LB 52 Mbeme-Rosse, ElyseeElysee Mbeme-Rosse RFr
DT 53 Makki, SalimSalim Makki Sr
LB 54 Fakih, AdamAdam Fakih Fr
DL 55 Hudson, JamesJames Hudson Fr
LB 56 Offerdahl, JamesonJameson Offerdahl Jr
LB 58 Kaminski, AlexAlex Kaminski Sr
LB 59 Furbush, NoahNoah Furbush RJr
DT 72 Myers, CarlCarl Myers RFr
DT 73 Hurst Jr., MauriceMaurice Hurst Jr. RSr
LB 82 Drobocky, DaneDane Drobocky RFr
LB 88 Dunaway, CarterCarter Dunaway Jr
DT 90 Mone, BryanBryan Mone Sr
DE 92 Robertson, CheyennCheyenn Robertson Jr
DT 93 Marshall, LawrenceLawrence Marshall RJr
DL 95 Jeter, DonovanDonovan Jeter Fr
DT 97 Johnson, RonRon Johnson RFr
DE 99 Luby, JohnJohn Luby Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 3 Robbins, BradBrad Robbins Fr
K/P 5 Seychel, KyleKyle Seychel So
K/P 15 Nordin, QuinnQuinn Nordin RFr
P 17 Hart, WillWill Hart RFr
K 31 Foug, JamesJames Foug Jr
LS 38 Cheeseman, CamaronCamaron Cheeseman RFr
LS 38 Deeg, BradleyBradley Deeg Jr
K/P 41 Tice, RyanRyan Tice RSo
LS 50 Robinson, AndrewAndrew Robinson Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Tim Drevno (offensive coordinator / offensive line)
  • Don Brown (defensive coordinator)
  • Pep Hamilton (assistant head coach / passing game coordinator)
  • Jay Harbaugh (running backs / co-special teams coordinator)
  • Brian Smith (defensive backs)
  • Greg Mattison (defensive line)
  • Kevin Tolbert (strength and conditioning)
  • Mike Zordich (secondary / special teams)
  • Chris Partridge (linebackers / special teams)
  • Greg Frey (offensive tackles / tight ends / run game coordinator)
  • Al Netter (offensive graduate assistant)
  • Ryan Nehlen (offensive graduate assistant)
  • Drew Terrell (offensive graduate assistant)
  • Joe Hastings (defensive graduate assistant)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: May 5, 2017

Awards and honors[edit]

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