2018 Michigan Wolverines football team

The 2018 Michigan Wolverines football team was an American football team that represented the University of Michigan during the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wolverines were members of 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 fourth season as head coach of his alma mater.

2018 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines logo.svg
Big Ten East Division co-champion
Peach Bowl, L 15–41 vs. Florida
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionEast Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 14
APNo. 14
2018 record10–3 (8–1 Big Ten)
Head coachJim Harbaugh (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorVacant
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorDon Brown (3rd season)
Base defense4–3
MVPChase Winovich
Captains
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
(Capacity: 107,601)
Uniform
Michigan wolverines football uniforms.png
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 3 Ohio State xy$   8 1         13 1  
No. 14 Michigan x   8 1         10 3  
No. 17 Penn State   6 3         9 4  
Michigan State   5 4         7 6  
Maryland   3 6         5 7  
Indiana   2 7         5 7  
Rutgers   0 9         1 11  
West Division
No. 21 Northwestern xy   8 1         9 5  
Wisconsin   5 4         8 5  
Purdue   5 4         6 7  
No. 25 Iowa   5 4         9 4  
Nebraska   3 6         4 8  
Minnesota   3 6         7 6  
Illinois   2 7         4 8  
Championship: Ohio State 45, Northwestern 24
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Michigan began the year ranked 14th in both the AP Poll and Coaches Poll. Their first game of the year was on the road against rival Notre Dame, the first meeting between the two schools since 2014. The Wolverines lost that game, 24–17. Michigan won their next ten games, however, including wins over then-ranked Big Ten opponents Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Penn State, all of whom beat Michigan the previous year. The team rallied around calling the season a "revenge tour".[1] The Wolverines climbed to fourth in the College Football Playoff rankings, and would clinch the Big Ten Eastern Division and a spot in the 2018 Big Ten Football Championship Game with a regular-season-ending win over arch-rival Ohio State. The revenge tour came to an abrupt end, as Michigan lost, 62–39, their seventh consecutive loss to the Buckeyes and 14th loss in 15 years in the series. The Wolverines were selected to their second New Year's Six bowl in three years, the Peach Bowl, where they lost to Florida, 41–15. The team's final record was 10–3, Harbaugh's third ten-win season in four years, and the team finished exactly where they started in the polls, at 14th.

Michigan was led on offense by junior quarterback Shea Patterson, a transfer from Ole Miss, and running back Karan Higdon, who became the first Michigan running back to rush for 1,000 yards since Fitzgerald Toussaint in 2011.[2] On defense, the Wolverines were led by linebacker Devin Bush Jr., who was a consensus All-American and won the Nagurski–Woodson Award as the Big Ten's defensive player of the year. Five Michigan defensive players were named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches: Bush, defensive linemen Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich, and defensive backs Lavert Hill and David Long.[3]

PreseasonEdit

In January 2018, the Wolverines hired Ben Herbert as Director of Strength and Conditioning, and Sherrone Moore as tight ends coach.[4][5] On February 20, 2018, the Wolverines hired Jim McElwain as wide receivers coach.[6] On February 23, Tim Drevno resigned as offensive coordinator after three seasons. The offensive coordinator position remained vacant throughout the 2018 season, with play calling duties split among the offensive coaches in what coach Harbaugh described as a "collaborative effort", with passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton calling a majority of the plays.[7]

Award watch listsEdit

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Lott Trophy[8] Khaleke Hudson LB JR
Chuck Bednarik Award[9] Chase Winovich DE SR
Rashan Gary DE JR
Devin Bush LB JR
Maxwell Award[10] Shea Patterson QB JR
Karan Higdon RB SR
Doak Walker Award[11] Karan Higdon RB SR
John Mackey Award[12] Zach Gentry TE JR
Sean McKeon TE JR
Butkus Award[13] Devin Bush LB JR
Jim Thorpe Award[14] Lavert Hill DB JR
Bronko Nagurski Trophy[15] Devin Bush LB JR
Rashan Gary DE JR
Lavert Hill DB JR
Khaleke Hudson LB JR
Chase Winovich DE SR
Outland Trophy[16] Ben Bredeson G JR
Lou Groza Award[17] Quinn Nordin K JR
Paul Hornung Award[18] Donovan Peoples-Jones WR/KR SO
Walter Camp Award[19] Devin Bush LB JR
Rashan Gary DE JR
Ted Hendricks Award[20] Rashan Gary DE JR
Chase Winovich DE SR
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award[21] Shea Patterson QB JR

RecruitingEdit

Position keyEdit

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

RecruitsEdit

Michigan's recruiting class consisted of 19 recruits, including three that enrolled early.[22] Michigan's recruiting class was ranked No. 20 by ESPN,[23] No. 24 by Rivals.com,[24] and No. 21 by 247Sports.com's Composite Rankings.[25]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 17:30 p.m.at No. 12 Notre Dame*No. 14NBCL 17–2477,622
September 812:00 p.m.Western Michigan*No. 21FS1W 49–3110,814
September 153:30 p.m.SMU*No. 19
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
BTNW 45–20110,549
September 2212:00 p.m.NebraskaNo. 19
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
FS1W 56–10111,037
September 294:30 p.m.at NorthwesternNo. 14FOXW 20–1747,330
October 612:00 p.m.Maryland No. 15
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
ABCW 42–21109,531
October 137:30 pmNo. 15 WisconsinNo. 12
ABCW 38–13111,360
October 2012:00 p.m.at No. 24 Michigan StateNo. 6FOXW 21–776,131
November 33:45 p.m.No. 14 Penn StateNo. 5
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
ESPNW 42–7111,747
November 103:30 p.m.at RutgersNo. 4BTNW 42–743,786
November 174:00 p.m.IndianaNo. 4
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
FS1W 31–20110,118
November 2412:00 p.m.at No. 10 Ohio StateNo. 4FOXL 39–62106,588
December 2912:00 p.m.vs. No. 10 Florida*No. 8ESPNL 15–4174,006
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Source:[26]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 14 21 19 19 14 15 12 6 5 5 4 4 4 8 8 14 
Coaches 14 22 22 21 15 16 13 7 5 5–T 4 4 4 8 8 14 
CFP Not released 5 4 4 4 7 7 Not released

Game summariesEdit

at Notre DameEdit

Michigan at Notre Dame
(College GameDay/Michigan–Notre Dame rivalry)
1 234Total
No. 14 Wolverines 0 1007 17
No. 12 Fighting Irish 14 730 24
  • Date: September 1
  • Location: Notre Dame Stadium
    South Bend, IN
  • Game start: 7:43 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:22
  • Game attendance: 80,795
  • Game weather: 83º F, Slight clouds, SSW 6 MPH
  • Referee: Jeff Flanagan
  • TV announcers (NBC): Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Doug Flutie (analyst), Kathryn Tappen (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
24–17–1 September 6, 2014 L, 0–31 [29]

To begin the season, Michigan travelled to South Bend, Indiana to face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to rekindle their long-running rivalry after a three year hiatus.[30]

Michigan lost to Notre Dame, 24–17.[31] Notre Dame scored 14 points in the first quarter via a 13-yard touchdown run from Jafar Armstrong and a 43-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Wimbush to Chris Finke. Michigan responded with 10 points in the second quarter via a 28-yard field goal by Quinn Nordin and a 99-yard kickoff return by Ambry Thomas. Notre Dame extended its lead in the second quarter via a four-yard touchdown run from Armstrong, which made the score 21–10 in favor of Notre Dame at half-time. Notre Dame added a 48-yard field goal by Justin Yoon in the third quarter. Michigan reduced Notre Dame's lead to seven points following a three-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon in the fourth quarter.[32]

Thomas' 99-yard kickoff return was the third 99-yard kickoff return in program history, and first since Tyrone Wheatley in 1992. Michigan's defense held Notre Dame to only 69 yards on 29 plays and three points in the second half, and scoreless in the fourth quarter.[30]

Western MichiganEdit

Western Michigan at Michigan
1 234Total
Broncos 0 003 3
No. 21 Wolverines 21 1477 49
  • Date: September 8
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 12:05 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:12
  • Game attendance: 110,814
  • Game weather: Low 60s, Cloudy, NE 10–15 MPH
  • Referee: Jerry McGinn
  • TV announcers (FS1): Justin Kutcher (play-by-play), DeMarco Murray (analyst), Petros Papadakis (analyst)
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–0 September 3, 2011 W, 34–10

Following its opening game against Notre Dame, Michigan hosted the Western Michigan Broncos to open their home schedule. This was the first meeting between the schools since 2011, a game shortened by lightning.[35][36]

Michigan won in a blowout, 49–3.[37] Michigan scored 21 points in the first quarter via a 17-yard touchdown pass from Shea Patterson to Sean McKeon, a 67-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon and a 27-yard touchdown run from Chris Evans. Michigan added 14 points in the second quarter via a two-yard touchdown run from Evans, and a 44-yard touchdown pass from Patterson to Nico Collins, which made the score 35–0 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan extended its lead in the third quarter via a five-yard touchdown pass from Patterson to Donovan Peoples-Jones. Michigan added seven points in the fourth quarter via an 18-yard touchdown pass from Dylan McCaffrey to Jake McCurry. Western Michigan finally got on the board late in the fourth quarter with a 35-yard field goal by Josh Grant to avoid a shutout.[38]

Michigan's honorary captains for the game were alumni Grant Newsome and Brenda Tracy. Michigan scored 21 points in the first quarter for the first time since 2016 against Illinois. Higdon's 140 rushing yards in the first quarter were the most by a Wolverine in a single quarter since Denard Robinson ran for 152 yards in the first quarter against Notre Dame in 2010. Michigan's defense held its opponent to single-digit points for the first time since allowing just a field goal to Maryland in 2016.[36]

SMUEdit

SMU at Michigan
1 234Total
Mustangs 0 767 20
No. 19 Wolverines 0 211410 45
  • Date: September 15
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 3:45 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:24
  • Game attendance: 110,549
  • Game weather: Mid 80s, Partly cloudy, NE 3–5 MPH
  • Referee: Larry Smith
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) Matt Millen (analyst)
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 September 28, 1963 W, 27–16

After playing Western Michigan, Michigan hosted the SMU Mustangs.[41]

Michigan defeated SMU 45–20.[42] After neither team scored in the first quarter, Michigan scored on every offensive possession from the second quarter onward. The teams exchanged touchdowns via a one-yard touchdown run from Ben Mason for Michigan, and a 50-yard touchdown pass from Ben Hicks to James Proche for SMU to tie the game. Michigan responded with 14 points via a 35-yard touchdown pass from Shea Patterson to Donovan Peoples-Jones, and a 73-yard interception return from Josh Metellus as time expired in the first half, which made the score 21–7 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan added 14 points in the third quarter via two touchdown receptions from Peoples-Jones, from seven-yards and 41-yards, respectively. SMU responded with a two-yard touchdown pass from William Brown to Ryan Becker. SMU opened the scoring in the fourth quarter via a two-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Proche. Michigan extended its lead via a 45-yard field goal by Quinn Nordin and a nine-yard touchdown run from Tru Wilson.[43]

Peoples-Jones' three touchdowns were the most scored by a Wolverine wide receiver since Jehu Chesson scored four against Indiana in 2015. Metellus' 73-yard interception return was the sixth-longest interception return for a touchdown in program history and the longest since Brandon Herron's school-record 94-yard return against Western Michigan in 2011.[41]

NebraskaEdit

Nebraska at Michigan
1 234Total
Cornhuskers 0 037 10
No. 19 Wolverines 20 19107 56
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 12:05 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:30
  • Game attendance: 111,037
  • Game weather: Mid 60s, Partly cloudy, NE 5–10 MPH
  • Referee: John O'Neill
  • TV announcers (FS1): Tim Brando (play-by-play), Spencer Tillman (analyst)
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–4–1 November 9, 2013 L, 13–17

Following its game against SMU, Michigan began its conference schedule when they hosted the Nebraska Cornhuskers.[46]

Michigan won in a blowout, 56–10.[47] Michigan scored 20 points in the first quarter via two touchdown runs by Ben Mason, from one and four-yards, respectively, and a 44-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon. Michigan added 19 points in the second quarter, via a 50-yard field goal by Quinn Nordin, a five-yard touchdown pass from Shea Patterson to Zach Gentry, a one-yard touchdown run from Mason, and a safety for Michigan after an illegal forward pass by Adrian Martinez, which made the score 39–0 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan added 10 points in the third quarter via a 60-yard punt return by Donovan Peoples-Jones and a 38-yard field by Nordin. Nebraska finally got on the board late in the third quarter with a 35-yard field goal by Barret Pickering to avoid a shutout. The teams exchanged touchdowns in the fourth quarter via a 56-yard touchdown pass from Dylan McCaffrey to Ronnie Bell for Michigan, and a three-yard touchdown run from Wyatt Mazour for Nebraska.[48]

The 56 points scored were the fifth most in program history of Big Ten openers and the most since a 58–0 victory over Minnesota in 2011. Michigan's offense tallied over 200 yards rushing (285) and passing (206) for the first time since the 2017 season opener against Florida when the Wolverines had 215 yards rushing and 218 yards receiving. Michigan's defense held Nebraska to -5 yards in the first quarter and -1 yard in the second quarter. The last time the Michigan defense held an opponent to negative rushing yards in a quarter was against Ohio State in 2017. Quinn Nordin made a 50-yard field goal in the second quarter, his third career made field goal of at least 50 yards, tying Bob Bergeron (1984–87) for the second-most 50-yard field goals made in a career at Michigan.[46]

at NorthwesternEdit

Michigan at Northwestern
1 234Total
No. 14 Wolverines 0 767 20
Wildcats 10 700 17
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Ryan Field
    Evanston, IL
  • Game start: 4:47 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:21
  • Game attendance: 47,330
  • Game weather: 57º F, Cloudy, ESE 9 MPH
  • Referee: Mark Kluczynski
  • TV announcers (Fox): Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Joel Klatt (analyst), Jenny Taft (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
57–15–2 October 10, 2015 W, 38–0

After facing Nebraska, Michigan traveled to Evanston, Illinois to face the Northwestern Wildcats.[51]

Michigan defeated Northwestern 20–17.[52] Northwestern scored ten points in the first quarter, via a one-yard touchdown run from Clayton Thorson and a 45-yard field goal by Charlie Kuhbande. Northwestern extended their lead in the second quarter via a three-yard touchdown run from John Moten IV. Michigan finally got on the board via a four-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon, which made the score 17–7 in favor of Northwestern at half-time. In the second half, Michigan held Northwestern scoreless while accumulating 13 points. First a pair of field goals by Quinn Nordin from 23-yards and 24-yards, respectively in the third quarter, and a five-yard touchdown run from Higdon in the fourth quarter to give Michigan their first lead of the game, and the eventual win.[53]

Michigan's 17-point comeback victory was their first since rallying for a 17-point comeback against Notre Dame in 2011. Northwestern had 105 total yards of offense in the first quarter, while Michigan's defense held them to just 97 yards in the final three quarters. Michigan's defense had season highs in sacks (six) and tackle-for-loss (10).[51]

MarylandEdit

Maryland at Michigan
(Homecoming game)
1 234Total
Terrapins 7 0014 21
No. 15 Wolverines 3 141015 42
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 1:10 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:18
  • Game attendance: 109,531
  • Game weather: Mid 70s, Cloudy, rain possible, SW 10–15 MPH
  • Referee: Mike Cannon
  • TV announcers (ABC): Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst), Todd McShay (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–1 November 11, 2017 W, 35–10

After its game against Northwestern, Michigan hosted the Maryland Terrapins in their homecoming game.[56]

Following a 70-minute weather delay due to thunderstorms in the area, Michigan defeated Maryland 42–21.[57] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 34-yard field goal by Quinn Nordin. Maryland responded with a 98-yard kickoff return by Ty Johnson, to take their first and only lead of the game. Michigan scored 14 points in the second quarter via a one-yard run by Ben Mason and a 22-yard touchdown pass from Shea Patterson to Ronnie Bell, which made the score 17–7 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan extended their lead in the third quarter via a 31-yard field goal by Nordin and a 34-yard touchdown pass from Patterson to Donovan Peoples-Jones. Michigan added 15 points in the fourth quarter via a seven-yard touchdown pass from Patterson to Jared Wangler, and a two-point conversion Mason run, and a 46-yard interception return by Brandon Watson. Maryland added 14 points via a one-yard run from Javon Leake, and a five-yard touchdown run from Tyrrell Pigrome.[58]

Michigan's honorary captain for the game was former director of strength and conditioning Mike Gittleson. Running back Karan Higdon rushed for 103 yards, becoming the 23rd player in program history to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards (2,020). Michigan's defense, which entered the game leading the nation in total defense at 232.6 yards per game, held Maryland to 220 yards of total offense, nearly 180 yards less than its average of 399.8 entering the game.[56]

WisconsinEdit

Wisconsin at Michigan
1 234Total
No. 15 Badgers 0 706 13
No. 12 Wolverines 0 13817 38
  • Date: October 13
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 7:42 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:07
  • Game attendance: 111,360
  • Game weather: Mid 40s, Partly cloudy, SW 10–15 MPH
  • Referee: Daniel Capron
  • TV announcers (ABC): Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), Maria Taylor (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
50–15–1 November 18, 2017 L, 10–24

Following its homecoming game against Maryland, Michigan hosted the Wisconsin Badgers.[61]

Michigan defeated Wisconsin 38–13.[62] After a scoreless first quarter, Michigan got on the board first via a two-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon. Wisconsin responded with a 33-yard touchdown run from Kendric Pryor, for their only points of the first half, to tie the game. Michigan regained the lead following two field goals from Quinn Nordin from 42-yards and 33-yards, respectively, which made the score 13–7 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan extended their lead in the third quarter via a seven-yard touchdown run from Shea Patterson, followed by a two-point conversion pass to Nico Collins. Michigan added 17 more points in the fourth quarter. First with a 35-yard field goal by Nordin, then a 21-yard interception return from Lavert Hill and a 44-yard touchdown run from Dylan McCaffrey. Wisconsin then scored their only points of the second half via a three-yard touchdown pass from Alex Hornibrook to A. J. Taylor.[63]

Michigan's defense held Wisconsin to season-lows of 283 total yards, 100 passing yards and 183 rushing yards. Michigan held Wisconsin to just 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) on third-down conversions. Shea Patterson's 81-yard run early in the second quarter was Michigan's longest since Denard Robinson's 87-yard run against Notre Dame in 2010. It was tied for the 15th longest run from scrimmage in Michigan history and was the second longest run by a Michigan quarterback. Lavert Hill's 21-yard interception return for a touchdown was his second of his career, becoming the third player in Michigan program history to register two interception returns for touchdowns, following Lance Dottin and Thom Darden.[61]

at Michigan StateEdit

Paul Bunyan Trophy: #6 Michigan Wolverines (6–1) at #24 Michigan State Spartans (4–2)
1 2 34Total
Michigan 0 7 7721
Michigan State 0 0 707

at Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, Michigan

  • Date: October 20
  • Game time: 12:05 p.m.
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy • 52 °F (11 °C) • Wind 13 W
  • Game attendance: 76,131
  • Referee: Jerry McGinn
  • TV announcers (Fox): Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, and Jenny Taft
  • Box Score

After its game against Wisconsin, Michigan traveled to East Lansing to face its in-state rival, the Michigan State Spartans, in the battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy.[64]

Michigan defeated Michigan State 21–7.[65] After a scoreless first quarter, Michigan got on the board first via a six-yard touchdown pass from Shea Patterson to Nico Collins, which made the score 7–0 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan State opened the scoring in the second half via a four-yard touchdown pass from Darrell Stewart Jr. to Brian Lewerke to tie the game, for their only points of the game. Michigan responded with a 79-yard touchdown pass from Patterson to Donovan Peoples-Jones to re-gain the lead. Michigan extended their lead in the fourth quarter via a five-yard touchdown run from Ben Mason.[66]

Michigan's defense held Michigan State to just 94 total yards of offense, including 15 yards rushing. This was their fewest total yards gained in a game since only having 56 total yards of offense in 1947, also against Michigan. Michigan State entered the game averaging 394.5 yards of offense. Michigan has held seven of eight opponents to their season low in yardage this year. Michigan State failed to convert a third-down attempt, going 0-for-12 during the game. The seven points scored by Michigan State were the fewest in a rivalry game against Michigan since 2002, when Michigan won 49–3. Karan Higdon finished the game with 139 rushing yards, his sixth consecutive game surpassing 100-yards. With the win, Michigan snapped a 17 game losing streak to ranked opponents on the road.[64][67] They went into their bye week with a 7–1 record.

Penn StateEdit

Penn State at Michigan
1 234Total
No. 14 Nittany Lions 0 007 7
No. 5 Wolverines 7 71414 42
  • Date: November 3
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 3:50 EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:17
  • Game attendance: 111,747
  • Game weather: High 40s, Partly cloudy, NW 15–20 MPH
  • Referee: Jeff Servinski
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), Maria Taylor (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–8 October 21, 2017 L, 13–42

After facing in-state rival Michigan State and having a bye week, Michigan hosted the Penn State Nittany Lions.[70]

Michigan won in a blowout, 42–7.[71] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from Shea Patterson. Michigan extended their lead in the second quarter via a 23-yard touchdown pass from Patterson to Donovan Peoples-Jones, which made the score 14–0 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan added 14 points in the third quarter via a seven-yard touchdown pass from Patterson to Zach Gentry and a 62-yard interception return by Brandon Watson. Michigan added 14 more points in the fourth quarter via a four-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon, and a one-yard touchdown run from Chris Evans. Penn State finally got on the board late in the fourth quarter via an eight-yard touchdown run from Tommy Stevens to avoid a shutout.[72]

Michigan's honorary captains for the game were alumni Bryan and Kathleen Marshall, and former Michigan basketball star and Fab Five member Chris Webber. Michigan's defense held Penn State to just 77 total yards in the first half, and allowing just 186 total yards during the game. This marked an FBS-best eighth time allowing less than 100 yards in a half this season. Higdon rushed for 132 yards, his seventh consecutive game surpassing 100-yards. This is the second-longest streak in Michigan program history, trailing only Mike Hart's eight consecutive games with 100-yards rushing in 2007. With his interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter, Brandon Watson became the fourth player in program history with two or more interceptions returned for touchdowns, joining Lavert Hill, Thom Darden and Lance Dottin.[70]

at RutgersEdit

Michigan at Rutgers
1 234Total
No. 4 Wolverines 7 14147 42
Scarlet Knights 7 000 7
  • Date: November 10
  • Location: High Point Solutions Stadium
    Piscataway, NJ
  • Game start: 3:46 EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:51
  • Game attendance: 43,786
  • Game weather: 43º F, Sunny, NW 18 MPH
  • Referee: Daniel Capron
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), James Laurinaitis (analyst), Rick Pizzo (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–1 October 28, 2017 W, 35–14

After hosting Penn State, Michigan traveled to Piscataway, New Jersey to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.[75]

Michigan won in a blowout, 42–7.[76] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon. Rutgers responded with an 80-yard touchdown run from Isaih Pacheco to tie the game. Michigan responded with 35 unanswered points. Michigan added 14 points in the second quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from Higdon and a 36-yard touchdown pass from Shea Patterson to Nico Collins, which made the score 21–7 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan again added 14 points in the third quarter via a 16-yard touchdown pass from Patterson to Oliver Martin, and a 10-yard touchdown pass from Patterson to Collins. Michigan added seven points in the fourth quarter via a 61-yard touchdown run from Chris Evans.[77]

Michigan's defense allowed only 59 passing yards, the lowest by any team against Michigan this year. Michigan held Rutgers to just 4-of-12 on third-down conversions. Michigan tied a season-high with 24 first downs during the game. Higdon rushed for 42 yards, surpassing the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the second quarter. He became the first 1,000-yard running back for Michigan since Fitzgerald Toussaint in 2011, and the first player of any kind to rush for over 1,000 yards since Denard Robinson in 2012.[75]

IndianaEdit

Indiana at Michigan
1 234Total
Hoosiers 7 1003 20
No. 4 Wolverines 3 12106 31
  • Date: November 17
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 4:10 EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:38
  • Game attendance: 110,118
  • Game weather: Mid 30s, Cloudy possible snow, W 5–10 MPH
  • Referee: John O'Neill
  • TV announcers (FS1): Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Joel Klatt (analyst), Jenny Taft (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
57–9 October 14, 2017 W, 27–20OT

Following its game against Rutgers, Michigan played its final home game against Indiana.[80]

Michigan defeated Indiana 31–20.[81] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 32-yard field goal by Jake Moody. Indiana responded with a 13-yard touchdown run from Stevie Scott, to take their first lead of the game. Michigan added 12 points during the second quarter via two field goals by Moody, from 30-yards, and 31-yards respectively, and a 41-yard touchdown pass from Shea Patterson to Nick Eubanks. Indiana added 10 points via a 41-yard field goal by Logan Justus and a seven-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Ramsey to Ty Fryfogle, which made the score 17–15 in favor of Indiana at half-time. Michigan added 10 points in the third quarter via a two-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon and a 33-yard field goal by Moody to regain the lead. Michigan extended their lead in the fourth quarter via two more field goals by Moody, from 23-yards, and 29-yards, respectively. Indiana responded with a 32-yard field goal by Justus, for their only points of the second half.[82]

Freshman kicker Jake Moody set a Michigan single-game record with six field goals, going 6-for-6 in his collegiate placekicking debut. Running back Karan Higdon recorded his eighth 100-yard game this season. Higdon's 100-yard game was the 13th of his career, tying him with Gordon Bell, Billy Taylor and Tim Biakabutuka for the eighth-most 100-yard rushing games during a career in Michigan program history.[80]

at Ohio StateEdit

#4 Michigan Wolverines (10–1) at #10 Ohio State Buckeyes (10–1)
1 2 34Total
Michigan 3 16 02039
Ohio State 7 17 172162

at Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio

  • Date: November 24
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Cloudy • 48 °F (9 °C) • Wind 11 miles per hour (18 km/h; 9.6 kn)
  • Game attendance: 106,588
  • Referee: Mike Cannon
  • TV announcers (Fox): Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft
  • Box Score

Following its home finale against Indiana, Michigan traveled to Columbus, Ohio to face its arch-rival, the Ohio State Buckeyes, in the 115th playing of "The Game".[83]

Michigan was defeated by Ohio State 62–39.[84] Ohio State opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 24-yard touchdown pass from Dwayne Haskins to Chris Olave. Michigan responded with a 39-yard field goal by Jake Moody. Michigan scored 16 points in the second quarter via a 31-yard field goal by Moody, a 23-yard touchdown pass from Shea Patterson to Nico Collins, and a nine-yard touchdown pass from Patterson to Chris Evans. Ohio State scored 17 points in the quarter via a 24-yard touchdown pass from Haskins to Olave, a 31-yard touchdown pass from Haskins to Johnnie Dixon and a 19-yard field goal by Blake Haubeil as time expired, which made the score 24–19 in favor of Ohio State at half-time. Ohio State added 17 points in the third quarter via a 19-yard field goal by Haubeil, a 33-yard punt return by Sevyn Banks and a two-yard touchdown run from Mike Weber. Michigan scored 20 points in the fourth quarter via a 12-yard touchdown pass from Patterson to Collins, a one-yard touchdown run from Ben Mason, and a four-yard touchdown run from Joe Milton. Ohio State added 21 points via a 78-yard touchdown run from Parris Campbell, a one-yard touchdown pass from Haskins to K. J. Hill, and a 16-yard touchdown pass from Haskins to Campbell.[85]

Michigan finished as co-champions of the Big Ten East Division with an 8–1 record in conference play, for their first division title since the conference introduced divisions in 2011. This was their best conference record since going 7–1 in 2004.[83]

vs. Florida (Peach Bowl)Edit

Michigan vs. Florida
(Peach Bowl)
1 234Total
No. 8 Wolverines 7 305 15
No. 10 Gators 3 101414 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 September 2, 2017 Michigan, 33–17

On December 2, Michigan was selected to play in the Peach Bowl against the Florida Gators. Michigan won the previous meeting in the 2017 Advocare Classic, by a score of 33–17. This was Michigan's 47th bowl game appearance, and their first appearance in the Peach Bowl.[87]

Florida defeated Michigan 41–15.[88] Florida opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 21-yard field goal by Evan McPherson. Michigan responded with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Shea Patterson to Donovan Peoples-Jones. Michigan extended their lead in the second quarter via a 48-yard field goal by Jake Moody. Florida added ten points in the quarter via a 26-yard field goal by McPherson and a 20-yard touchdown run from Feleipe Franks, which made the score 13–10 in favor of Florida at half-time. Florida added 14 points in the third quarter via a five-yard touchdown pass from Franks to LaMichael Perine, and a one-yard touchdown run from Jordan Scarlett. Michigan added five points in the fourth quarter via a 26-yard field goal by Moody and a safety. Florida extended their lead via a 53-yard touchdown run from Perine and a 30-yard interception return from Chauncey Gardner-Johnson.[89]

RosterEdit

2018 Michigan Wolverines football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
FB 5 Jared Wangler RSr
FB 40 Ben VanSumeren Fr
FB 42 Ben Mason So
FB 45 Peter Bush RSo
FB 46 Matt Brown So
FB 49 Tyler Plocki So
OL 50 Michael Onwenu Jr
OL 51 Cesar Ruiz So
OL 54 Kraig Correll Fr
OL 58 Phillip Paea So
OL 59 Joel Honigford So
OL 61 Dan Jokisch RSo
OL 65 Connor Burrows Fr
OL 66 Chuck Filiaga So
OL 67 Jess Speight So
OL 68 Andrew Vastardis RSo
OL 70 Nolan Ulizio Sr
OL 71 Andrew Stueber So
OL 72 Stephen Spanellis RSo
OL 73 Jalen Mayfield Fr
OL 74 Ben Bredeson (C) Jr
OL 75 Jon Runyan RJr
OL 76 Juwann Bushell-Beatty RSr
OL 77 Grant Newsome RSr
OL 78 Griffin Korican Fr
OL 79 Greg Robinson RSo
QB 2 Shea Patterson Jr
QB 5 Joe Milton Fr
QB 6 Michael Sessa RSo
QB 10 Dylan McCaffrey RFr
QB 15 Jacob West Sr
QB 16 Max Wittwer Fr
QB 18 Brandon Peters RSo
RB 12 Chris Evans Jr
RB 22 Karan Higdon (C) Sr
RB 23 O'Maury Samuels So
RB 24 Tru Wilson RSo
RB 25 Hassan Haskins Fr
RB 27 Joe Hewlett RSr
RB 28 Christian Turner Fr
RB 32 Berkley Edwards RSr
RB 34 Julian Garrett Fr
RB 44 Jared Char Jr
TE 34 Kenneth Ferris Sr
TE 35 Luke Buckman Fr
TE 36 Ramsey Baty Fr
TE 37 Bradford Jones RSr
TE 38 Joseph Files Sr
TE 60 Ryan Hayes Fr
TE 82 Nick Eubanks RSo
TE 82 Carter Selzer So
TE 83 Zach Gentry RJr
TE 84 Sean McKeon Jr
TE 85 Mustapha Muhammad Fr
TE 89 Luke Schoonmaker Fr
TE 94 Ryan Veingrad So
WR 4 Nico Collins So
WR 7 Tarik Black So
WR 8 Ronnie Bell Fr
WR 9 Donovan Peoples-Jones So
WR 24 Jake Martin RSo
WR 29 Brendan White Sr
WR 41 Ethan Deland Fr
WR 43 Tyler Grosz Sr
WR 43 Jake McCurry So
WR 80 Oliver Martin So
WR 81 Nate Schoenle RSo
WR 81 Jack Young So
WR 88 Grant Perry Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 35 Casey Hughes RSr
ATH 6 Michael Barrett Fr
ATH 14 Kyle Grady Fr
DB 1 Ambry Thomas So
DB 6 Myles Sims Fr
DB 9 Gemon Green Fr
DB 13 German Green Fr
DB 14 Josh Metellus Jr
DB 16 Jaylen Kelly-Powell So
DB 17 Sammy Faustin Fr
DB 20 Brad Hawkins So
DB 20 Matt Mitchell RSr
DB 22 David Long RSo
DB 23 Jared Davis So
DB 23 Tyree Kinnel (C) Sr
DB 24 Lavert Hill Jr
DB 25 Benjamin St-Juste So
DB 26 J'Marick Woods So
DB 27 Hunter Reynolds So
DB 28 Brandon Watson RSr
DB 30 Tyler Cochrane RSo
DB 31 Vincent Gray Fr
DB 32 Louis Grodman Sr
DB 39 Ryan McCurry Fr
DB 41 Quinn Rothman Fr
DB 46 Owen Goldsberry Fr
DB 49 Lucas Andrighetto Fr
DT 2 Carlo Kemp Jr
DE 3 Rashan Gary Jr
DE 4 Reuben Jones RJr
DT 5 Aubrey Solomon So
DE 15 Chase Winovich RSr
DE 18 Luiji Vilain So
DE 19 Kwity Paye So
DL 37 Dane Drobocky RSo
DT 44 Deron Irving-Bey So
DT 50 Michael Dwomfour RSo
DL 54 Carl Myers RSo
DL 57 Joey George Fr
NT 90 Bryan Mone RSr
DE 91 Taylor Upshaw Fr
DT 93 Lawrence Marshall RSr
DT 95 Donovan Jeter So
DE 96 Julius Welschof Fr
DE 97 Aidan Hutchinson Fr
DE 97 Ron Johnson RSo
DL 99 John Luby Sr
LB 6 Josh Uche RSo
LB 7 Khaleke Hudson Jr
LB 10 Devin Bush (C) Jr
LB 12 Josh Ross So
LB 29 Jordan Glasgow Sr
LB 34 Jordan Anthony So
LB 36 Devin Gil RSo
LB 38 Geoffrey Reeves Jr
LB 40 Ryan Nelson So
LB 41 Adam Fakih So
LB 44 Cameron McGrone Fr
LB 45 Adam Shibley So
LB 52 Bryce Chamberlain Fr
LB 56 Jameson Offerdahl Sr
LB 59 Noah Furbush RSr
LB 88 Jack Dunaway Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 3 Quinn Nordin Jr
K 2 Jake Moody Fr
K 27 George Caratan Fr
K 92 Adam Culp Fr
K, P 39 Alan Selzer Jr
LS 33 Camaron Cheeseman RSo
LS 44 Matt Baldeck So
LS 49 Andrew Robinson RSr
P 3 Brad Robbins So
P 17 Will Hart RSo
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster
Last update: August 7, 2018

Awards and honorsEdit

2019 NFL DraftEdit

The 2019 NFL Draft was held on April 25–27, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. Five Wolverines were selected as part of the draft, and another six signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents.[93][94]

Player Team Round Pick # Position
Devin Bush Jr. Pittsburgh Steelers 1st 10 LB
Rashan Gary Green Bay Packers 1st 12 DE
Chase Winovich New England Patriots 3rd 77 DE
David Long Los Angeles Rams 3rd 79 CB
Zach Gentry Pittsburgh Steelers 5th 141 TE

Undrafted free agentsEdit

Player Team Position
Tyree Kinnel Cincinnati Bengals S
Karan Higdon Houston Texans RB
Brandon Watson Jacksonville Jaguars CB
Juwann Bushell-Beatty Washington Redskins OL
Lawrence Marshall Chicago Bears DL
Bryan Mone Seattle Seahawks DL

Former Michigan starting quarterback Wilton Speight, who grad transferred to UCLA before the 2018 season, also signed as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers.[94]

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