Go Blue! Intro to Michigan Football

Credit: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Fall in Ann Arbor means fresh apple cider, wild swings between sort of hot and sort of cold, and Michigan Football!

As a Ford School graduate student, you’ll be eligible to buy student tickets each semester, and guaranteed at least six home games per year. Every game at the Big House is accompanied by tailgates before kickoff, which most Fordies take part in.

Credit: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Some things to know about the University of Michigan and our football program:

  • Michigan’s mascot is officially the Wolverine, but most of us stick to saying, “Go Blue.”
  • Our school colors are Maize and Blue. No, Maize isn’t the same as yellow. Yes, it matters.
  • Michigan began playing football in 1879! In fact, we taught Notre Dame how to play the game (this wasn’t our best idea).
  • The Wolverines were founding members of the Big Ten Conference at its inception in 1896, and other than a hiatus from 1907 to 1916, have been members since.
  • Michigan has won or shared 42 league titles, and, since the inception of the AP Poll in 1936, has finished in the top 10 a total of 38 times.
  • The Wolverines claim 11 national championships, most recently in 1997.
  • Michigan Football is the winningest program in college football history with a record of 944 wins to 340 losses and 36 ties.
  • Michigan Stadium, also known as, “The Big House,” is the largest stadium in the United States, the second largest stadium in the world with 107,601 seats (although our crowds are closer to 115,000).
  • We also have the best fight song in college football.

Obviously, there are a lot of good reasons to come to the Ford School and the University of Michigan – but we’d be misleading you if we didn’t include Michigan Football on the list. It truly is a special thing to enjoy games at the Big House after hanging with your friends at a tailgate.

Credit: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Go Blue!