Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Long-term trends for Michigan, Notre Dame
Michigan has had more than its usual share of troubles the last two years, but there is one bad trend that goes back a decade. The Wolverines have lost their opening road game in eight of the past 10 seasons, three of them in South Bend.
On the other hand, Brian Kelly brings a personal 19-game regular-season win streak into Saturday's game against Michigan. Kelly's last regular season loss came at Connecticut in October 2008 when he was Cincinnati's head coach.
That win streak for Kelly is the second-longest active streak in the nation. On Monday night, Chris Petersen of Boise State extended his regular-season win streak to 26 games, having not lost a scheduled game since a 2007 trip to Hawaii. The other leaders on that list all have national championship hopes: Mack Brown (17), Nick Saban (14) and Gary Patterson (14). Brian Kelly is the only coach to forge this long a streak with more than one school.