It is common knowledge that Michigan football has the most wins of any program in all of college football, but that doesn’t mean the Wolverines have wins against all of the teams they have faced.
In fact, there are three Big 12 teams, two in the SEC, one MAC team, and one in the Pac-12 that Michigan has yet to win at the FBS level.
Yes, the Wolverines haven’t beaten two non-FBS teams in history (Cleveland AA and Wesleyan in Connecticut), but the Corn and the Blue have a long, storied history that goes back to the very beginning of the game, so there was Games – like the one mentioned above in the 1800s – where Michigan is unlikely to get revenge.
These are the teams Michigan has yet to beat that the Wolverines have faced only once in history.
Top 10 Michigan Football Running Backs since 1995
After winning the Big Ten with freshman quarterback Chad Henne, Michigan had a great chance of beating the Vince Young-led Texas Longhorns as they made a lead by the end of the game. However, Texas came back and eventually won the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2005, 38-37.
The Wolverines and Longhorns will meet again with a home game scheduled for 2024 and 2027.
It’s hard to believe that Michigan and Oklahoma met only once in history, and that was in 1976 when the two programs competed against each other in the Orange Bowl. The Sooners, trained by Barry Switzer, beat Michigan 14-6.
The two teams will face each other twice in the future, with a home and home series each planned for 2025 and 2026.
Kansas State Wildcats
A disappointing 2013 season was crowned with a late night snooze festival as the Wolverines and Wildcats kicked off at the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Arizona. Starting quarterback Devin Gardner was out with a broken foot and newcomer Shane Morris struggled to get the offense going. Michigan lost to Kansas State, 31-13.
Michigan had never lost to a MAC team in program history – that is, until Rich Rodriguez’s first year at the helm in 2008.
While fans were willing to be patient as they transitioned to the expansion offensive with the Wolverines, that patience was tested early in the non-conference game when Michigan lost 13-10 to Toledo at The Big House.
Arizona State Sun Devils
In Jim Harbaugh’s last game as a Wolverines player, Michigan was expected to do big things against the state of Arizona, especially after beating Ohio State after their guaranteed win and a big game through the rebound from Jamie Morris. However, the 11-1 Big Ten champions were upset by 22:15 at the 1987 Rose Bowl in Arizona State.
Volunteers in Tennessee
Despite a lot of drama between Michigan and Tennessee – such as Charles Woodson, who won the 1997 Heisman Trophy over star QB Peyton Manning – the two teams only faced each other once at the Florida Citrus Bowl in 2002.
The volunteers took on the Michigan Wolverines and beat them 45:17.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
RichRod eventually brought his Michigan football team to a bowl game due to some electrical performances from quarterback Denard Robinson throughout the season. The Wolverines had no defense, however, with Greg Robinson leading the attack as the defensive coordinator.
In his only postseason appearance that led the Mais and Blue, RichRods Wolverines were peeled at Gator Bowl 52-14 on January 1, 2011. It was his last game in which he coached Michigan football.