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What are some facts about Michigan University football?

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The Michigan University Wolverines are members of the Big 10 conference. As of 2016, they have won 11 national championships and 42 conference championships. They have played in Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, since 1927.

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Michigan's biggest rivals are the Ohio State Buckeyes. These two teams played for the first time in 1897, and they meet each year on the last game of the season. Michigan played Ohio State in the official dedication game for the new Michigan Stadium on Oct. 22, 1927. Michigan won the game with a score of 22 to zero.

Michigan Stadium holds the record for the most attended football game in history at either the collegiate or professional level. A crowd of 115,109 attended the team's game against Notre Dame on Sept. 7, 2013.

Former U.S. President Gerald Ford was a member of the team. He played center for the Wolverines from 1932 to 1934, and his jersey was retired by the team.

Michigan's famous winged helmet was designed in 1938 by Coach Herbert Crisler for the purpose of making receivers easy to identify down the field. The tradition of the winged helmet continues as part of the uniforms for the university's football, hockey and crew teams.

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