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The Game: Your Lifetime Record

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November 26, 2019 at 6:15am
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What Columbus looked like in 1906...the year a Michigan fan would need to be born to have a winning record against Ohio State. Yes, your mode of transportation was either horse and buggy or bicycle.

Since 2001, Ohio State has thoroughly dominated Michigan in The Game. The Buckeyes have won 14 of the last 15 and 16 of the last 18 games in the rivalry. However, fans of That Team always have a trusty standby to put Ohio State fans in their place, "We still lead the overall series."

That is a true statement. The Wolverines do lead the overall series, but I guarantee you that none of the slack jawed, knuckle dragging, mouth breathers that root for That Team has a winning record against Ohio State during their lifetime. How can I be so sure? Because for a fan of Michigan to have a winning record against Ohio State that person would need to be born on, or before, October 20, 1906.

Last time I checked, there aren't too many 113 year old people walking this earth. If a person is that old, they sure as hell aren't Michigan fans. How can I be so sure? Well, the beat downs that Ohio State has given their team over the last 18 years would have led them to their graves.

Below, you will find multiple tables by decade that break down your lifetime record against That Team. The date is provided for each season so you can determine if you were born on, or before, The Game of your birth year.  

Looking over the chart, I now understand why I always get a bit nervous before The Game. My lifetime winning percentage is a paltry .547. To find somebody with a lower winning percentage, they have to be born in 1943.

Your Winning Percentage In The Game If You Were Born Between 2010-2018
DATE YEAR   W L   PERCENTAGE
Nov. 24 2018   1 0   1.000
Nov. 25 2017   2 0   1.000
Nov. 26 2016   3 0   1.000
Nov. 28 2015   4 0   1.000
Nov. 29 2014   5 0   1.000
Nov. 30 2013   6 0   1.000
Nov. 24 2012   7 0   1.000
Nov. 26 2011   7 1   .875
Nov. 27 2010   8 1   .889

If Ohio State wins on Saturday, fans born in 2011 and 2010 will be the "losers" of the first decade of the 21st century. Kids born in the Urban Meyer have a great start in life.

Your Winning Percentage In The Game If You Were Born Between 2000-2009
DATE YEAR   W L   PERCENTAGE
Nov. 21 2009   9 1   .900
Nov. 22 2008   10 1   .909
Nov. 17 2007   11 1   .917
Nov. 18 2006   12 1   .923
Nov. 19 2005   13 1   .929
Nov. 20 2004   14 1   .933
Nov. 22 2003   14 2   .875
Nov. 23 2002   15 2   .882
Nov. 24 2001   16 2   .889
Nov. 18 2000   16 3   .842

If you were born in 2004, congratulations. You have experienced a run in The Game unlike any other Ohio State fan. 

Your Winning Percentage In The Game If You Were Born Between 1990-1999
DATE YEAR   W L T   PERCENTAGE
Nov. 20 1999   16 4     .800
Nov. 21 1998   17 4     .810
Nov. 22 1997   17 5     .773
Nov. 23 1996   17 6     .739
Nov. 25 1995   17 7     .708
Nov. 19 1994   18 7     .720
Nov. 20 1993   18 8     .692
Nov. 21 1992   18 8 1   .685
Nov. 23 1991   18 9 1   .661
Nov. 24 1990   18 10 1   .638

The brunt of the Cooper years gave this generation a slow start.

Your Winning Percentage In The Game If You Were Born Between 1980-1989
DATE YEAR   W L T   PERCENTAGE
Nov. 25 1989   18 11 1   .617
Nov. 19 1988   18 12 1   .597
Nov. 21 1987   19 12 1   .609
Nov. 22 1986   19 13 1   .591
Nov. 23 1985   19 14 1   .574
Nov. 17 1984   20 14 1   .586
Nov. 19 1983   20 15 1   .569
Nov. 20 1982   21 15 1   .581
Nov. 21 1981   22 15 1   .592
Nov. 22 1980   22 16 1   .577

Congrats to anybody born in 1987 and 1989, you are the only years in this decade to have a winning percentage above .600. How impressive is that? For anybody born after 1987 to have a .600 winning percentage, you have to go back to 1954.  

Your Winning Percentage In The Game If You Were Born Between 1970-1979
DATE YEAR   W L T   PERCENTAGE
Nov. 17 1979   23 16 1   .588
Nov. 25 1978   23 17 1   .573
Nov. 19 1977   23 18 1   .560
Nov. 20 1976   23 19 1   .547
Nov. 22 1975   24 19 1   .557
Nov. 23 1974   25 19 1   .567
Nov. 24 1973   25 19 2   .565
Nov. 25 1972   26 19 2   .574
Nov. 20 1971   26 20 2   .563
Nov. 21 1970   27 20 2   .571

If you were born during the bicentennial, you only have a four game buffer before dropping below .500.

Your Winning Percentage In The Game If You Were Born Between 1960-1969
DATE YEAR   W L T   PERCENTAGE
Nov. 22 1969   27 21 2   .560
Nov. 23 1968   28 21 2   .569
Nov. 25 1967   29 21 2   .577
Nov. 19 1966   29 22 2   .566
Nov. 20 1965   30 22 2   .574
Nov. 21 1964   30 23 2   .564
Nov. 30 1963   31 23 2   .571
Nov. 24 1962   32 23 2   .579
Nov. 25 1961   33 23 2   .586
Nov. 19 1960   34 23 2   .593

Flower Power children are in good shape against That Team.

Your Winning Percentage In The Game If You Were Born Between 1950-1959
DATE YEAR   W L T   PERCENTAGE
Nov. 21 1959   34 24 2   .583
Nov. 22 1958   35 24 2   .590
Nov. 21 1957   36 24 2   .597
Nov. 24 1956   36 25 2   .587
Nov. 19 1955   37 25 2   .594
Nov. 20 1954   38 25 2   .600
Nov. 21 1953   38 26 2   .591
Nov. 22 1952   39 26 2   .597
Nov. 24 1951   39 27 2   .588
Nov. 25 1950   39 28 2   .580

Woody Hayes starting his Ohio State career in 1951 has provide those born in the nifty fifties a double digit pad over .500.

Your Winning Percentage In The Game If You Were Born Between 1940-1949
DATE YEAR   W L T   PERCENTAGE
Nov. 19 1949   39 28 3   .579
Nov. 20 1948   39 29 3   .570
Nov. 22 1947   39 30 3   .563
Nov. 23 1946   39 31 3   .555
Nov. 24 1945   39 32 3   .547
Nov. 25 1944   40 32 3   .553
Nov. 20 1943   40 33 3   .546
Nov. 21 1942   41 33 3   .552
Nov. 22 1941   41 33 4   .551
Nov. 23 1940   41 34 4   .544

Much credit to you if you were born during the '40s and you are reading this. You have a winning record in The Game...more impressive is that you are on top of modern technology.

Your Winning Percentage In The Game If You Were Born Between 1930-1939
DATE YEAR   W L T   PERCENTAGE
Nov. 25 1939   41 35 4   .538
Nov. 19 1938   41 36 4   .531
Nov. 20 1937   42 36 4   .537
Nov. 21 1936   43 36 4   .542
Nov. 23 1935   44 36 4   .548
Nov. 17 1934   45 36 4   .553
Nov. 21 1933   45 37 4   .547
Nov. 15 1932   45 38 4   .540
Nov. 17 1931   46 38 4   .545
Nov. 18 1930   46 39 4   .539

Born in the '30s? Congrats, you are likely going to have a winning record against That Team for the rest of your life.

Your Winning Percentage In The Game If You Were Born Between 1920-1929
DATE YEAR   W L T   PERCENTAGE
Oct. 19 1929   47 39 4   .544
Oct. 20 1928   48 39 4   .549
Oct. 22 1927   48 40 4   .543
Nov. 13 1926   48 41 4   .538
Nov. 14 1925   48 42 4   .532
Nov. 15 1924   48 43 4   .526
Oct. 20 1923   48 44 4   .521
Oct. 21 1922   48 45 4   .515
Oct. 22 1921   49 45 4   .520
Nov. 6 1920   50 45 4   .525

The roaring twenties are in no danger of ending their winning ways.

Your Winning Percentage In The Game If You Were Born Between 1910-1919
DATE YEAR   W L T   PERCENTAGE
Oct. 25 1919   51 45 4   .530
Nov. 30 1918   51 46 4   .525
Oct. 19 1912   51 47 4   .520
Oct. 21 1911   51 48 4   .515
Oct. 22 1910   51 48 5   .514

Are you 100 years old? 109 years old? Congrats you will live your remaining days with a winning record in The Game.

Your Winning Percentage In The Game If You Were Born Between 1897-1909
DATE YEAR   W L T   PERCENTAGE
Oct. 16 1909   51 49 5   .510
Oct. 24 1908   51 50 5   .505
Oct. 26 1907   51 51 5   .500
Oct. 20 1906   51 52 5   .495
Nov. 11 1905   51 53 5   .491
Oct. 15 1904   51 54 5   .486
Nov. 7 1903   51 55 5   .482
Oct. 25 1902   51 56 5   .478
Nov. 9 1901   51 57 5   .473
Nov. 24 1900   51 57 6   .474
Oct. 16 1897   51 58 6   .470

If the Buckeyes can string together eight more wins, all Buckeye fans will have a winning record against Michigan. To get there, Day and company have to take care of business on Saturday.

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