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UM/OSU Football Ranking Stats

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - Drew Montag

 

Everyone knows that the Big Game this Saturday is the first time that UM and OSU have faced each other as #1 and #2, but that got me to wondering about their rankings for other games.  I found ranking information on MGoBlue.com going back to 1972, so I plugged it into an Excel spreadsheet and played with it.  Here's what I found:

Year Venue Rank Score Winner UM Record
(since 1972)
Higher
Ranked
Higher
Won?
UM OSU UM OSU
1972 OSU 3 9 11 14 OSU 0-1-0 UM No
1973 UM 4 1 10 10 Tie 0-1-1 OSU Tie
1974 OSU 3 4 10 12 OSU 0-2-1 UM No
1975 UM 4 1 14 21 OSU 0-3-1 OSU Yes
1976 OSU 4 8 22 0 UM 1-3-1 UM Yes
1977 UM 5 4 14 6 UM 2-3-1 OSU No
1978 OSU 6 16 14 3 UM 3-3-1 UM Yes
1979 UM 13 2 15 18 OSU 3-4-1 OSU Yes
1980 OSU 10 5 9 3 UM 4-4-1 OSU No
1981 UM 7 NR 9 14 OSU 4-5-1 UM No
1982 OSU 13 NR 14 24 OSU 4-6-1 UM No
1983 UM 8 10 24 21 UM 5-6-1 UM Yes
1984 OSU NR 11 6 21 OSU 5-7-1 OSU Yes
1985 UM 6 12 27 17 UM 6-7-1 UM Yes
1986 OSU 6 7 26 24 UM 7-7-1 UM Yes
1987 UM NR NR 20 23 OSU 7-8-1 Tie Tie
1988 OSU 12 NR 34 31 UM 8-8-1 UM Yes
1989 UM 3 20 28 18 UM 9-8-1 UM Yes
1990 OSU 15 19 16 13 UM 10-8-1 UM Yes
1991 UM 4 18 31 3 UM 11-8-1 UM Yes
1992 OSU 6 17 13 13 Tie 11-8-2 UM Tie
1993 UM NR 5 28 0 UM 12-8-2 OSU No
1994 OSU 15 22 6 22 OSU 12-9-2 UM No
1995 UM 18 2 31 23 UM 13-9-2 OSU No
1996 OSU 21 2 13 9 UM 14-9-2 OSU No
1997 UM 1 4 20 14 UM 15-9-2 UM Yes
1998 OSU 11 7 16 31 OSU 15-10-2 OSU Yes
1999 UM 10 NR 24 17 UM 16-10-2 UM Yes
2000 OSU 19 12 38 26 UM 17-10-2 OSU No
2001 UM 11 NR 20 26 OSU 17-11-2 UM No
2002 OSU 12 2 9 14 OSU 17-12-2 OSU Yes
2003 UM 5 4 35 21 UM 18-12-2 OSU No
2004 OSU 7 NR 21 37 OSU 18-13-2 UM No
2005 UM 17 9 21 25 OSU 18-14-2 OSU Yes
Average ranking 9.00 8.63
Times ranked #1 1 2 Yes = 17
Times ranked Top 10 19 18 No = 14
Times unranked 3 7 Tie = 3
Ranked higher 19 14

The interesting numbers in here (for the period 1972-2005) are:

  • Michigan has been ranked #1 once, and OSU has been ranked #1 twice.
  • The team ranked #1 has won twice, and tied once.
  • The higher ranked team has a record of 17-14-3.

So, being the higher ranked team does have its advantages, but not as much as you might think.

 

Go Blue!

 


Drew Montag
Men's Basketball Editor, UMGoBlue.COM

 
 
 
 
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