As a lot as Large Ten soccer is outlined by its epic rivalries — the place is that Paul Bunyan Trophy now, anyway? — even the convention’s greatest backers can admit there are some which can be, effectively, a bit lopsided.
That really contains the annual grudge match between Michigan soccer and Michigan State soccer; the Spartans have received 10 of the previous 14, slicing the Wolverines’ edge to … 33 video games (71-38-5). And but that’s not even shut to the convention’s most lopsided rivalries, two of which have been renewed on Saturday.
In Ann Arbor, the Wolverines hosted Indiana, which would wish to win each sport towards the Wolverines although roughly 2070 (relying on how 2028’s absorption of half the Large 12 impacts the Large 19’s divisional construction) to even the lifetime collection. And in Faculty Park, Maryland, the Terrapins hosted Penn State; the Terps ONLY want wins of their subsequent 37 video games (relying on Saturday’s outcome) to drag even with the Nittany Lions. With that in thoughts, we took a take a look at the collection information for each Large Ten matchup and located seven wherein one staff has a minimum of a 40-game edge on the opposite, plus one (dis)honorable point out.
(Word: Penn State/Maryland doesn’t technically clear the 40-game bar, however we’re together with it on sheer abysmal profitable share.)
Let’s dig in on essentially the most lopsided Large Ten soccer rivalries.
Honorable point out: Penn State over Maryland, 40-3-1
Margin: 37 video games.
These two relative newcomers to the Large Ten — the Nittany Lions joined in 1993, the Terrapins in 2014 — had a rivalry that lasted almost 4 a long time, with unbiased Penn State going through ACC member Maryland in all however three years (1976, 1981, 1983) from 1960-1993. Sure, the Nittany Lions’ convention membership cleaved this rivalry in two — which is one thing the Terps have been in all probability glad for, as they received simply as soon as over that span (1961, with a tie in 1989). However hey, issues went higher as soon as Maryland reunited with Penn State, proper? Not precisely: Maryland received that first convention sport towards its new division rival, then misplaced the subsequent 5 by an common margin of 36.4 earlier than getting some revenge with a 35-19 victory final yr. Which signifies that, sure, Maryland has extra Large Ten wins over Penn State (two) in seven tries than it did in 37 nonconference matchups (one).
7. Ohio State over Wisconsin, 61-18-5
Margin: 43 video games.
The Badgers truly began out on high, profitable the primary three video games within the rivalry, from 1913-15, whereas holding the Buckeyes to only six factors complete. The report stayed comparatively shut into the Nineteen Fifties, with Ohio State taking a 6-13-3 lead. However since Michigan State joined up and formally created the “Large Ten” in 1953, it’s been an O-H-I-O-RROR present for the Badgers: A six-game shedding streak, damaged by a win and a tie, adopted by a 20-game skid, adopted by — miraculously! — 5 wins in seven seasons to open the Nineteen Eighties. Wisconsin has gotten its licks in, however the Badgers have only one win streak towards the Buckeyes since Marty McFly hopped within the DeLorean — 1985, that’s — and that’s a two-game run in 2003-04. Since then, Wisconsin has overwhelmed OSU simply as soon as (2010) and is driving an eight-game skid that features three Large Ten title video games.
6. Michigan over Northwestern, 59-15-2
Margin: 44 video games.
The Wolverines and Wildcats just lately added a trophy — named for George Jewett, the primary Black soccer participant at each Michigan and Northwestern — to enrich the rivalry that dates again to 1892. Based mostly on its historical past, although, the Wildcats might have just a few extra years earlier than they get to maintain it on their aspect of Lake Michigan; Northwestern’s final win over U-M got here in 2008 (21-14 in Ann Arbor), a seven-game streak for the Wolverines boosted by the Large Ten’s break up into divisions. Not that Northwestern was holding its personal earlier than the Legends/Leaders/East/West break up; because the colleges started taking part in repeatedly in 1932, Northwestern has had three unbeaten streaks: 1934-37, once they went 3-0-1; 1958-59, once they received twice by a mixed 44 factors; and 1995-96, once they received twice by a mixed seven factors. That features a 19-game shedding streak towards Michigan from 1966-92 — protecting your complete tenure of coach Bo Schembechler in Ann Arbor.
5. Michigan over Illinois, 71-23-2
Margin: 48 video games.
Hey, perhaps it’s simply the Land of Lincoln? Michigan labored out its points on the state from 1967-91 — once more, protecting Schembechler’s time with the Wolverines — seemingly yearly, going 23-1-1 over that span. The lone loss for U-M: A 16-6 … um, what’s the other of “thriller”? … snoozer towards a Rose Bowl-bound Illini squad. Nonetheless, it wasn’t the standard of his opponent that had Bo ranting after the sport: “The is the worst place in America to play,” Schembechler mentioned in Champaign. “It is mentioned the administration right here would not take the bull by the horns. It is unfair. That is the worst place within the convention, and the administration would not do a factor about it. Perhaps after they’ve received right here for some time.” Nonetheless, to the Illini’s credit score, they do have a win streak towards the Wolverines this century: a pair of 25-point blowouts in 2008-09.
4. Michigan over Indiana, 59-10-0
Margin: 49 video games.
If there was a sport that signaled how brutal 2020 was going to be for the Wolverines, it was their Week 3 38-21 loss to the Hoosiers on Nov. 7 in Bloomington. It was Michigan’s first loss to Indiana in 25 tries, following the Hoosiers’ earlier most up-to-date win, in 1987 and likewise in Bloomington. The situation, after all, was one among a number of excuses Schembechler provided for the loss, together with the refs (once more, after all): “In case you are an excellent soccer staff you need to overcome all these adversities. A crowd that doesn’t perceive soccer, working your communications. An officiated sport like that one. It was horrible,” Then once more, perhaps Bo had a degree: Indiana hasn’t received in Ann Arbor since 1967, the primary sport between the 2 squads after a six-year hiatus (regardless of being in the identical convention).
T2. Ohio State over Northwestern, 64-14-1
Margin: 50 video games.
Within the matchup of arguably the 2 ends of the Large Ten’s academics-vs.-football spectrum, the Buckeyes’ dominance isn’t precisely a shock; they received the primary 5 by a mixed 179 factors from 1913-17, after which the “rivalry” took a decade off. The Wildcats have simply three win streaks towards the Buckeyes: 1929-31, once they held OSU to eight factors over three video games; 1940-41, once they held OSU to 10 factors; and 1962-63, which included the one matchup between the 2 as top-10 foes — No. 8 Northwestern, led by future Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian, upset No. 6 Ohio State, 18-14, in 1962. A pair weeks later, the Wildcats ascended to No. 1; it’s been all downhill from there, with two Northwestern wins (1971, 2004) over OSU since.
T2. Michigan over Minnesota, 75-25-3
Margin: 50 video games.
It’s exhausting to consider there was a time when the Gophers had a strangle maintain on the “Little Brown Jug” — the trophy that dates again to a 1903 matchup between the faculties. However Minnesota truly received 9 straight from 1934-42 (although the Gophers’ closing three wins within the run have been by a mixed 10 factors). Since then? Minnesota has had just one different win streak within the rivalry, taking 4 straight from 1960-63. Minnesota has received the Jug six instances since, however Michigan has received it again every time; the newest exchance sport in 2014-15, when Minnesota beat Brady Hoke’s Wolverines, 30-14, solely to give up the trophy to Jim Harbaugh’s squad on Halloween 2015. Michigan has received three straight within the matchup since, aided by divisional breaks in 2016, ’18 and ’19.
1. Ohio State over Indiana, 78-12-5
Margin: 66 video games.
How dominant have the Buckeyes been on this one? Since Michigan State joined the convention in 1953, OSU has didn’t beat Indiana simply 4 instances – and two of these have been ties (1990, and 1959’s 0-0 banger). That makes the stretch from 1987-90 much more spectacular for the Hoosiers, with back-to-back wins (by a mixed 55 factors) in 1987-88, a four-point loss in 1989, and a 27-all tie. Indiana has misplaced 27 straight since, together with a 54-7 stomping in Bloomington on Oct. 23.
This text initially appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan soccer vs. Indiana: one of many Large Ten’s lopsided rivalries