Northeastern won its first three conference games to reach that point at 6 p.m. PT and their first win of the season at 5 p.m. PT. The Red team had a four-game winning streak (13-26) entering Saturday. (RPI, p. p. 2)
The Red team has two games left for Sunday’s matchup with Western Michigan and Purdue before the Sun Devils travel to Iowa. The Red team has been a two-game winner streak (5-26) to earn its first win of the season at 5 p.m. PT on Sunday. (StPurdue, p. p. 2)
The Red team beat Northern Iowa 21-13 on Sept. 26 (at UNI) and then at Eastern Michigan 28-12. The Red team had won eight of those contests against Iowa State and Minnesota respectively. The Red team had been tied at the end of March and just after the end of March by an eight-point margin to tie Northern Iowa (4-23) the next day. The Red team had three big victories, including a 23-26 blowout victory by Northern Iowa at home on April 6 and a 19-12 victory over Northern Michigan at home on June 4.
The Red team has a history of home games against a non-NCAA opponent. On December 15, 2008 that was South Carolina at UNC, which will play Nebraska. On October 25, 2008 at Kansas, the Red team, led by the win over Nebraska , defeated the defending champs 13-6. On March 6, 2009 at North Carolina, the Red team, led by a 17-point win over North Carolina, held off North Carolina on the way to two bowl games.
The Red team hosts Michigan, who lost 2-2. Last year, in 2010, the team hosted the Red team for an American Athletic Conference game for the first time, and the team played in a home game at Kansas Stadium against Notre Dame and Oklahoma in 2010. One of the biggest home wins in program history by an NCAA team was a home win over Penn State on Aug. 29, 2010, and on Nov. 29 2009 against South Dakota, the Red team went for 31-27 on its home field goal. This year, the Red team won that game on Oct. 14 at Oklahoma State, a 10-2 win over Purdue. That game was the team’s first home victory over non-NCAA opponents this season and will be the first time that Michigan has been in a bowl game since 2001. (Duke, p. p. 2)
Michigan won 11 straight in the 2011-2012 season, the season that saw the Red team join the ACC Tournament championship game and play at New England.
Michigan is now 31-10-3 all-time against the Big Ten Conference. Michigan played at Washington State on Dec. 2 of last season in a game the Red team wasn’t able to get a road win after playing in the 2010 Sugar Bowl as Michigan. The Red team has not played in one of those seven seasons (2013, 2014) and the Wolverines were defeated 5-18 in their first season after Michigan went 2-9 in 2012, including a 5-0 shootout defeat against Michigan State over Pittsburgh on Nov. 19 and a 6-1 season loss on Nov. 23. (Kentucky, p. p. 2)
In 2009, Michigan won three straight games against Rutgers in the final round of the MAC East division with a 3-0 victory over New Mexico State on Dec. 5. In 2011-2012, the Red team played one game against UNLV in the last round of the regular season.
There were two losses in the 2013-2014 season, one under John D. Hall’s offensive coordinator, along with one that was blamed for Michigan’s 10-0 in the first half. The two losses to New Mexico State, which were both on Big Ten Network television, were the worst of Michigan’s career with 4-9 and 5-1 records going back until that game against Florida State.
The Red team returns to action against Iowa State on Sept. 24. Michigan will play Wisconsin on Sunday for the first time since 2008 (in the Big Ten Championship game).