University of Michigan Football Traditions

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Financial professional Ryan Hoadley is an analyst with a hedge fund based in New York City. A graduate of Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ryan Hoadley follows Michigan football.

One of the most tradition-heavy colleges in the United States, the University of Michigan has a large number of rituals involving its football team. Before every football game, the marching band’s drum major tosses the mace over the goalposts in the north end zone. According to local superstition, if the drum major fails to catch the mace on the other side, the Michigan football team will lose the game. At every home game, there is a seat reserved for Fritz Crisler, the head football coach from 1938 to 1947.

Just before kickoff, the Michigan football team pelts through the tunnel at the 50-yard line and takes to the field. As they walk under the banner that reads “Go Blue: M Club Supports You,” players reach up and touch it. During these pre-kickoff festivities, the marching band performs “The Victors,” the school’s fight song.

The University of Michigan’s Achievements in Football

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Ryan Hoadley is a financial expert who analyzes investment opportunities for his clients. A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Ryan Hoadley follows the Wolverines football team.

Capping the 2015 season with a 41-7 win over Florida in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, the Wolverines ended the year with a 10-3 record; it was their 27th double-digit win season. They ranked 12th in the year-end polls for the first time since 2011.

Strong offensive and defensive play earned the Maize and Blue several national rankings. Michigan’s offense won top-25 placement in red-zone efficiency and kickoff returns. Defensively, they placed in the top 10 in categories such as total defense, pass defense, stopping third down conversions, and scoring defense.

Season highlights included a three-game shutout streak, in which they beat Brigham Young, Northwestern, and Maryland. The Wolverines were the first team since Kansas State in 1995 to hold three Football Bowl Subdivision teams in a row to zero points.

Another highlight occurred against Minnesota, when Michigan blocked a last-second attempt by the Golden Gophers to run a winning touchdown instead of a game-tying field goal. The Wolverine’s defense held firm and rejected the quarterback sneak.