This stat shows just how bad Michigan has been in road games over the last decade
Michigan is revered as one of the top college football programs in the country, thanks to several B1G championships and a few national titles, as well.
But life hasn’t been quite so great for the Maize and Blue recently, and the Wolverines have struggled to keep their status as one of the most prominent programs nationally.
Jim Harbaugh and the No. 14 Wolverines were hoping to correct some of that on Saturday night, when they traveled to No. 12 Notre Dame for a top 25 showdown. It was an opportunity for the team to notch a marquee victory early in the year.
Instead, Michigan fell 24-17 and dropped to 0-1 to start the year. But in case Saturday’s loss wasn’t bad enough, there was one stat emerged that made things even worse: the program’s road game record against ranked opponents.
Michigan has not beaten a ranked team on the road since…
That's 17 straight losses.
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That’s right, Michigan hasn’t won a road game against a ranked opponent since 2006. Saturday’s loss to the Irish market the 17th straight defeat in that category. The stat doesn’t count bowl games or neutral site contests.
The last win actually came against No. 2 Notre Dame in South Bend on Sept. 16, 2006.
Jim Harbaugh and his team return to Ann Arbor for the next three weeks, where they’ll host Western Michigan, SMU and Nebraska.
Michigan has had a little more success with games on its home turf.