Brady Hoke Through 35 Games

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The First 35

With the 17-13 loss to Nebraska, Brady Hoke has now coached 35 games for Michigan, with a record of 25-10.

35 Games L Neb

Arguments can be made all day that Brady Hoke should win more (or should win less) but hasn’t because of strength of schedule, talent inherited on the roster, coaching of that talent, ability to recruit and develop young talent, coulda/woulda/shoulda had another win/loss if it weren’t for a crazy play or bounce of the ball, desire to wear a headset, and so forth. The bottom line is that the same arguments could be made for most if not all of the head coaches in Michigan history who have coached at least 35 games.

National Championship Comparison

Nat Champ 35 Games L Neb

Summary

Avg Graph 35 Games L Neb

Brady Hoke Wins in first 35 games: 25

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 25.4; Median is 27.0.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 27.5; Median is 27.5.

The U of M data presented here were obtained in large part from the Bentley Library and its online information.

The information presented here for the national championship coaches was obtained from the football websites of the individual schools.

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Brady Hoke Through 34 Games

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The First 34

With the 29-6 loss to Michigan State, Brady Hoke has now coached 34 games for Michigan, with a record of 25-9.

34 Games L MSU

Arguments can be made all day that Brady Hoke should win more (or should win less) but hasn’t because of strength of schedule, talent inherited on the roster, coaching of that talent, ability to recruit and develop young talent, coulda/woulda/shoulda had another win/loss if it weren’t for a crazy play or bounce of the ball, desire to wear a headset, and so forth. The bottom line is that the same arguments could be made for most if not all of the head coaches in Michigan history who have coached at least 34 games.

National Championship Comparison

Nat Champ First 34 L MSU

Summary

Avg Graph 34 Games L MSU

Brady Hoke Wins in first 34 games: 25

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 25.0; Median is 26.5.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 26.8; Median is 27.0.

The U of M data presented here were obtained in large part from the Bentley Library and its online information.

The information presented here for the national championship coaches was obtained from the football websites of the individual schools.

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Brady Hoke Through 33 Games

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The First 33

With the 63-47 victory over Indiana, Brady Hoke has now coached 33 games for Michigan, with a record of 25-8.

33 Games W Ind

Arguments can be made all day that Brady Hoke should win more (or won less) but hasn’t because of strength of schedule, talent inherited on the roster, coaching of that talent, ability to recruit and develop young talent, coulda/woulda/shoulda had another win/loss if it weren’t for a crazy play or bounce of the ball, desire to wear a headset, and so forth. The bottom line is that the same arguments could be made for most if not all of the head coaches in Michigan history who have coached at least 33 games.

National Championship Comparison

Nat Champ First 33 W Ind

Hoke is holding his own in comparison to BCS-era National Championship Coaches. In Hoke’s first 33 games, he has the same number of victories at the same juncture as Nick Saban at Alabama; he has more through 33 games than Saban at LSU; Mack Brown at Texas; Pete Carroll at USC; and Bobby Bowden at Florida State.

Summary

Avg Graph 33 Games W INd

Brady Hoke Wins in first 33 games: 25

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 24.3; Median is 25.5.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 25.9; Median is 26.0.

The U of M data presented here were obtained in large part from the Bentley Library and its online information.

The information presented here for the national championship coaches was obtained from the football websites of the individual schools.

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Brady Hoke Through 32 Games

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The First 32

With the 43-40 four overtime loss to Penn State, Brady Hoke has now coached 32 games for Michigan, with a record of 24-8.

32 Games L Penn St

Arguments can be made all day that Brady Hoke should win more (or won less) but hasn’t because of strength of schedule, talent inherited on the roster, coaching of that talent, ability to recruit and develop young talent, coulda/woulda/shoulda had another win/loss if it weren’t for a crazy play or bounce of the ball, desire to wear a headset, and so forth. The bottom line is that the same arguments could be made for most if not all of the head coaches in Michigan history who have coached at least 32 games.

National Championship Comparison

Nat Champ First 32 Games L PSU

Hoke is holding his own in comparison to BCS-era National Championship Coaches. In Hoke’s first 32 games, he has now “fallen” into having the same number of victories at the same juncture as Nick Saban at both LSU and Alabama; he has more through 32 games than Mack Brown at Texas; Pete Carroll at USC; and Bobby Bowden at Florida State did.

Summary

Number Games Coached Avg Graph 32 Games PSU Lose

Brady Hoke Wins in first 32 games: 24

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 23.5; Median is 24.5.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 25.3; Median is 25.5.

The U of M data presented here were obtained in large part from the Bentley Library and its online information.

The information presented here for the national championship coaches was obtained from the football websites of the individual schools.

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Brady Hoke Through 31 Games

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The First 31

With the 42-13 victory over Minnesota, Brady Hoke has now coached 31 games for Michigan, with a record of 24-7. Only Yost, Schembechler, Crisler, and Moeller had more wins than Brady Hoke in their first 31 games as Michigan Head Coach.

31 Games W Minn

Arguments can be made all day that Brady Hoke should have won more (or won less) but didn’t because of strength of schedule, talent inherited on the roster, coaching of that talent, ability to recruit and develop young talent, coulda/woulda/shoulda had another win/loss if it weren’t for a crazy play or bounce of the ball, desire to wear a headset, and so forth. The bottom line is that the same arguments could be made for most if not all of the head coaches in Michigan history who have coached at least 31 games.

National Championship Comparison

Nat Champ First 31 Games W Minn

Hoke is holding his own in comparison to BCS-era National Championship Coaches. In Hoke’s first 31 games, he has more victories at the same juncture than Nick Saban at both LSU and Alabama; Mack Brown at Texas; Pete Carroll at USC; and Bobby Bowden at Florida State.

Summary

Number Games Coached Avg Graph 31 Games
Brady Hoke Wins in first 31 games: 24

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 22.9; Median is 24.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 24.4; Median is 24.5.

The U of M data presented here were obtained in large part from the Bentley Library and its online information.

The information presented here for the national championship coaches was obtained from the football websites of the individual schools.

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Brady Hoke Through 30 Games

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The First 30

With the 24-21 victory over UConn, Brady Hoke has now coached 30 games for Michigan, with a record of 23-7. Despite all the hand-wringing about the team’s performance, the fact remains that only Yost, Schembechler, Crisler, and Moeller had more wins than Brady Hoke in their first 30 games as Michigan Head Coach.

30 Games W UConn

Arguments can be made all day that Brady Hoke should have won more (or won less) but didn’t because of strength of schedule, talent inherited on the roster, coaching of that talent, ability to recruit and develop young talent, coulda/woulda/shoulda had another win/loss if it weren’t for a crazy play or bounce of the ball, desire to wear a headset, and so forth. The bottom line is that the same arguments could be made for most if not all of the head coaches in Michigan history who have coached at least 30 games.

National Championship Comparison

Nat Champ First 30 Games W U Conn

Hoke is holding his own in comparison to BCS-era National Championship Coaches. In Hoke’s first 30 games, he has more victories at the same juncture than Nick Saban at both LSU and Alabama; Mack Brown at Texas; Pete Carroll at USC; and Bobby Bowden at Florida State.

Summary

Brady Hoke Wins in first 30 games: 23

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 22.2; Median is 23.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 23.7; Median is 24.

The U of M data presented here were obtained in large part from the Bentley Library and its online information.

The information presented here for the national championship coaches was obtained from the football websites of the individual schools.

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Brady Hoke Through 29 Games

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The First 29

With the 28-24 escape over Akron, Brady Hoke has now coached 29 games for Michigan, with a record of 22-7. Let’s take a deep breath after that game, and look at the big picture. Only Yost, Schembechler, Crisler, and Moeller had more wins than Brady Hoke in their first 29 games as Michigan Head Coach.

29 Games W

“But, they struggled against Akron,” one might argue. And Bo had teams that struggled at home against horrible Arizona and Navy teams. Carr’s squad lost The Game That Shall Never Be Mentioned. It happens. Arguments can be made all day that Brady Hoke should have won more (or won less) but didn’t because of strength of schedule, talent inherited on the roster, coaching of that talent, ability to recruit and develop young talent, coulda/woulda/shoulda had another win/loss if it weren’t for a crazy play or bounce of the ball, desire to wear a headset, and so forth. The bottom line is that the same arguments could be made for most if not all of the head coaches in Michigan history who have coached at least 29 games.

National Championship Comparison

Nat Champ First 29 Games

Hoke is holding his own in comparison to BCS-era National Championship Coaches. In Hoke’s first 29 games, he has more victories at the same juncture than Nick Saban at both LSU and Alabama; Mack Brown at Texas; Pete Carroll at USC; and Bobby Bowden at Florida State.

Summary

Brady Hoke Wins in first 29 games: 22

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 21.5; Median is 22; Mode is 21.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 22.8; Median is 23.5; Mode is 24.

The U of M data presented here were obtained in large part from the Bentley Library and its online information.

The information presented here for the national championship coaches was obtained from the football websites of the individual schools.

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Brady Hoke Through 28 Games

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The First 28

With the 41-30 Under The Lights II win over Notre Dame, Brady Hoke has now coached 28 games for Michigan, with a record of 21-7. Arguments can be made all day that he should have won more (or won less) but didn’t because of strength of schedule, talent inherited on the roster, coaching of that talent, ability to recruit and develop young talent, coulda/woulda/shoulda had another win/loss if it weren’t for a crazy play or bounce of the ball, desire to wear a headset, and so forth. The bottom line is that the same arguments could be made for most if not all of the head coaches in Michigan history who have coached at least 28 games.

How to put Hoke’s record in context? Fergodsakes.com has developed two charts: one compares Coach Hoke with all Michigan football head coaches who have coached at least 28 games for the maize and blue; the other compares Coach Hoke to all BCS-era National Championship coaches and their first 28 games at their national title school.

Michigan

28 Games W

Fielding H. Yost did indeed go a perfect 28-0 in his first 28 games as Michigan’s Head Coach.

To relate Hoke’s 21 wins to the bigger picture, Kipke won 21 games in his first 28 (along with 3 ties!) and won two National Titles. Oosterbaan won 21 of 28 (with 2 ties) and won a National Title. Carr won 20 of 28 and won a National Title. Crisler won 23 of his first 28 (one National Title); and Yost won 28 of 28 (six National Titles).

National Championship Comparison

Nat Champ First 28 games W

Former Michigan offensive lineman (senior with Team 96) and Offensive Line Coach (1987-94) Les Miles was at 24 wins, along with Urban Meyer from his Florida days. Interestingly, Nick Saban had 20 wins in his first 28 games at both LSU and Alabama.

Summary

Brady Hoke Wins in first 28 games: 21.

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 21.0; Median is 21; Mode is 21.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 22.0; Median is 22.5; Mode is 20.
  • The U of M data presented here were obtained in large part from the Bentley Library and its online information.

    The information presented here for the national championship coaches was obtained from the football websites of the individual schools.

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    Brady Hoke Through 27 Games

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    The First 27

    With the 59-9 win over Central Michigan to kick off the 2013 season, Brady Hoke has now coached 27 games for Michigan, with a record of 20-7. Arguments can be made all day that he should have won more (or won less) but didn’t because of strength of schedule, talent inherited on the roster, coaching of that talent, ability to recruit and develop young talent, coulda/woulda/shoulda had another win/loss if it weren’t for a crazy play or bounce of the ball, desire to wear a headset, and so forth. The bottom line is that the same arguments could be made for most if not all of the head coaches in Michigan history who have coached at least 27 games.

    Below are two charts: One compares Coach Hoke with all Michigan football head coaches who have coached at least 27 games for the maize and blue; the other compares Coach Hoke to all BCS-era National Championship coaches and their first 27 games at their national title school.

    Michigan

    27 games W

    Fielding H. Yost did indeed go a perfect 27-0 in his first 27 games as Michigan’s Head Coach.

    To relate Hoke’s 20 wins to the bigger picture, Kipke won 20 games in his first 27 (along with 3 ties!) and won two National Titles. Oosterbaan won 20 of 27 (with 2 ties) and won a National Title. Carr won 19 of 27 and won a National Title.

    Both Crisler and Yost won more than 20 of the first 27 and went on to win at least one National Championship, with Crisler having won 22 of his first 27 (one National Title); and Yost with 27 of 27 (six National Titles).

    National Championship Comparison

    Nat Champ First 27 Games

    Former Michigan offensive lineman (senior with Team 96) and Offensive Line Coach (1987-94) Les Miles is at 23 along with Urban Meyer from his Florida days. Interestingly, Nick Saban had 19 wins in his first 27 games at both LSU and Alabama.

    Summary

    Brady Hoke Wins in first 27 games: 20.

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 20.2; Median is 20; Mode is 20.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 21.1; Median is 21.5; Mode is 19.
  • The U of M data presented here was obtained in large part from the Bentley Library and its online information.

    The information presented here for the national championship coaches was obtained from the football websites of the individual schools.

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    Brady Hoke Wins Comparison v National Championship Coaches

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    Following the Outback Bowl, a number of fans seemed to think that Brady Hoke was not the man for the Michigan football coaching job. There have always been knee-jerk reactionary fans, and there will always be some fans upset with Coach X, regardless of what Coach X has done; however, the sheer number of those disappointed in Hoke after the South Carolina loss was simply baffling.

    As a result, Fergodsakes.com searched for some way to objectively measure Coach Hoke’s on field results. Today’s Part Two is comparing Coach Hoke’s Michigan head coaching career to date against the coaches who have won a National Championship in the BCS era, using the on field criteria of:

    • Total number of wins through 26 games as Head Coach at the school where National Championship was won,
    • Wins against the top rival in first two games
    • Bowl wins in first two bowl games

    Part One compared Coach Hoke to past head coaches of Michigan football, the winningest program in college football history.

    The First 26

    Brady Hoke has won 19 of his first 26 games as Head Coach of Michigan. How do Hoke’s 19 wins in 26 games stack up among all coaches who have won at least one national title in the BCS era? Here’s the chart:

    Nat Champ First 26 Games

    Hoke is right in the middle, as six coaches have won more than his 19 out of 26, and six have won less. Former Michigan offensive lineman (senior with Team 96) and Offensive Line Coach (1987-94) Les Miles is at 22 along with Urban Meyer from his Florida days. Interestingly, Nick Saban had 18 wins in his first 26 games at both LSU and Alabama.

    The average number of wins for these National Championship coaches in their first 26 games is 20. The median is 19.5, and the mode is 18.

    Against Biggest Rival

    Hoke is of course 1-1 against the Buckeyes. How have National Championship coaches performed in their first two games against their biggest rival?

    Nat Champ First 2 Rivalry Games

    Only Phil Fulmer with Tennessee failed to get even one win in his first two games against his rival. Five coaches won twice, and six won once.

    The average number of wins for these National Championship coaches in their first two rivalry games is 1.33. The median is 1, and the mode is 1.

    Looking ahead to the Michigan-OSU game in 2013, of the 12 national championship coach/school combinations, 9 of the coaches won two of their first three games against their rival. Only Fulmer, Chizik, and Saban with LSU won only one of their first three games against their rival. Hoke will look to join the two-win club come November.

    It should be noted that the rivals for certain schools are difficult to determine, and there is disagreement even among their most ardent supporters as to who is the biggest rival. Here are the schools and rivals used for these data:

    • Tennessee (rival is Alabama)
    • FSU (rival is Florida)
    • Oklahoma (rival is Texas)
    • Miami (rival is FSU)
    • LSU (rival is Auburn)
    • USC (rival is UCLA)
    • Texas (rival is Oklahoma)
    • Florida (rival is FSU)
    • Auburn (rival is Alabama)
    • Alabama (rival is Auburn)

    Bowl Games

    No Michigan Head Coach has ever gone 2-0 in his first two bowl games.

    Nat Champ First 2 Bowl Games

    Only four National Champion coaches in the BCS era have gone 2-0 in their first two bowl games.
    The average number of wins for these National Championship coaches in their first two bowl games is 1.25. The median is 1, and the mode is 1.

    Summary

    • Hoke Wins in first 26 games: 19. Average for BCS-era National Championship coaches is 20. Median is 19.5; mode is 18.
    • Wins in first two games against OSU: 1. Average for BCS-era National Championship coaches is 1.3. Median is 1; mode is 1.
    • Wins in first two bowl games: 1. Average for BCS-era National Championship coaches is 1.25. Median is 1; mode is 1.

    Sources: Official school football websites

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