|1988 Michigan Wolverines football|
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl champion
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1988 record||9–2–1 (7–0–1 Big Ten)|
|Offensive coordinator||Gary Moeller (2nd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Lloyd Carr (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Michigan Stadium|
|1988 Big Ten Conference football standings|
|No. 4 Michigan $||7||–||0||–||1||9||–||2||–||1|
|No. 20 Indiana||5||–||3||–||0||8||–||3||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1988 Michigan Wolverines football team was an American football team that represented the University of Michigan as a member of the Big Ten Conference during the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. In its 20th season under head coach Bo Schembechler, the team compiled a 9–2–1 record (7–0–1 against conference opponents), won the Big Ten championship, defeated USC in the 1989 Rose Bowl, outscored opponents by a total of 361 to 167, and was ranked No. 4 in the final AP and UPI polls.
The team's statistical leaders included quarterback Michael Taylor with 957 passing yards, tailback Tony Boles with 1,408 rushing yards, and split end Greg McMurtry with 470 receiving yards, and placekicker Mike Gillette with 97 points scored.
Two Michigan players received first-team honors on the 1988 All-America college football team: center John Vitale (consensus) and defensive tackle Mark Messner (consensus). Seven Michigan players received first-team honors on the 1988 All-Big Ten Conference football team.
|September 10||9:00 p.m.||at No. 13 Notre Dame*||No. 9||CBS||L 17–19||59,075|
|September 17||3:30 p.m.||No. 1 Miami (FL)*||No. 15||ABC||L 30–31||105,834|
|September 24||1:00 p.m.||Wake Forest*||No. 19||W 19–9||102,776|
|October 1||2:00 p.m.||at Wisconsin||No. 19||W 62–14||61,180|
|October 8||12:00 p.m.||Michigan State||No. 17||Big 10 Synd.||W 17–3||106,208|
|October 15||3:30 p.m.||at Iowa||No. 15||ABC||T 17–17||67,700|
|October 22||3:30 p.m.||No. 14 Indiana||No. 20||ABC||W 31–6||106,104|
|October 29||2:00 p.m.||at Northwestern||No. 14||W 52–7||33,647|
|November 5||3:30 p.m.||Minnesota||No. 14||ABC||W 22–7||102,171|
|November 12||1:00 p.m.||Illinois||No. 13||W 38–9||105,714|
|November 19||12:00 p.m.||at Ohio State||No. 12||ABC||W 34–31||90,176|
|January 1, 1989||5:00 p.m.||vs. No. 5 USC*||No. 11||ABC||W 22–14||101,688|
Further information: 1988 NCAA Division I-A football rankings
|Coaches||10 (1)||10 (1)||10||16||RV||20||20||17||RV||14||13||12||11||10||11||11||4|
See also: 1988 Miami Hurricanes football team
Kicker Mike Gillette scored on a 40-yard fake punt run, a play that was put in during halftime, and kicked a 30-yard field goal as Michigan's defense registered five sacks and an interception against the winless Spartans.
See also: 1988 Iowa Hawkeyes football team
A 17-17 tie at Kinnick Stadium was the lone blemish on an otherwise perfect Big Ten season for the Wolverines.
See also: 1988 Indiana Hoosiers football team
Main article: 1989 Rose Bowl
See also: 1988 USC Trojans football team