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May 16, 2013
By the Numbers: Back to back road trips not a new phenomenon
In 2014, Michigan will play at Michigan State and at Northwestern, sending the Wolverines to East Lansing and Evanston in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history. But the consecutive road game phenomenon isn't entirely new.
Dating back to 1950, U-M has faced seven different opponents on the road in consecutive campaigns, including Big Ten foes Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin. In addition to MSU and Northwestern, the Wolverines have not faced conference rivals Penn State, Nebraska and Ohio State in back-to-back road games.
In total, Michigan has visited an away opponent in consecutive seasons 15 times (30 total contests) and is 23-7 overall in those matchups, including a 13-2 mark in the first year of the two-game trip. The Maize and Blue are just 10-5 in the second game, however.
In 2014, another Big Ten anomaly will occur also - for the first time since 1966, Michigan will play both Michigan State and Ohio State on the road. Beginning in 1968, when MSU became a home game and OSU an away game (they were both at The Big House in 1967), the two rivals have alternated seasons in which they have appeared in Ann Arbor.