University of Michigan

RIVALRY TRADITIONS

With the creation of the two Big Ten Divisions, Legends and Leaders, some of the traditional rivalry games have unfortunately been diminished, given that the teams will no longer play each other every year. Michigan (Legends) will, however, keep its annual meetings with MSU (Legends) and Minnesota (Legends), as well as Ohio State (Leaders) in a protected cross-over rivalry game.

 

 

MICHIGAN vs. MINNESOTA

Little Brown Jug The oldest rivalry trophy in the Big Ten, and one of the oldest rivalry games in college football, the tradition of the Little ... (more)

MICHIGAN vs. OHIO STATE

The rivalry between Ohio and Michigan goes back before football to a territorial dispute along the border in 1803.  The border rivalry extended to football just a few decades later, with the first UM-OSU game being played in 1897, and has since been one of the most storied rivalries in history. ESPN has called the University of Michigan-Ohio State rivalry the greatest sports rivalry of the 20th c... (more)

MICHIGAN vs. MICHIGAN STATE

PAUL BUNYAN TROPHY In 1953, former Michigan governor G. Mennen Williams commissioned The Paul Bunyan Trophy.  A symbol of in-state ... (more)