University of Michigan
Michigan athletic teams have captured more than 50 National Championships in 12 different sports, but the Maize and Blue is best known for its football legacy. Since first taking the field in 1879, the Wolverines have become the winningest program in college football. Built in 1927, Michigan Stadium (aka “The Big House”) is the third largest stadium in the world, seating 109,901 die-hard fans chanting, “Go Blue;” singing, “The Victors” in unison; and all wanting to beat Ohio State.
Top Rivals:
Ohio State University, Michigan State University
Style Facts:
Michigan’s winged helmet is one of the most recognizable helmets in college football. In 1939, Coach Fritz Crisler wanted to make it easier for the quarterback to spot his receivers downfield, so he had the helmets painted. The unique winged design has carried over to other U of M sports, serving as the helmet design for Michigan’s ice hockey team and for catchers’ helmets on the baseball and softball teams.