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So as any general college football knows, the Michigan Wolverines are regarded as one of the premier college football programs in the history of the sport and statistically speaking, they are the winningest program in Division I in terms of wins (931) and win percentage (931-331-36, or .731).

However, as of last weekend, they have surrendered one of their crowns, to another powerhouse program in the state of Michigan no less!

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You got it, Nation. The Grand Valley State Lakers are the new kings of the gridiron.

For those with extensive knowledge of college football beyond the FBS level, they would know that Grand Valley is a well-oiled machine in football. You have to go all the way back to the 1983-84 season, or 32 years, for the last time the Lakers finished with a losing record, and they are well on their way to a 33rd year. GVSU is off to a 6-0 start this season, ranked No. 2 in Division II and their most recent 35-23 victory over Ferris State helped the Lakers keep a stranglehold of 1st place in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Since 2001 alone, Grand Valley has appeared in the D-II national championship game six times, capturing titles in four of them and was a part of the ‘Final Four’ nine times, all while winning 86 percent of their games during that stretch. One could safely say they are the gold standard at the Division II level in this day and age when it comes to overall pedigree and consistent success. While they are a decade removed from their run of total dominance, they have demonstrated in the last few years of returning to their usual form.

If you have never seen the Lake Show in person, I would recommend it. Whether you are out in the area of Allendale to make the trip to Lubbers Stadium, or just looking for an excuse to make a cross-state trip, or even waiting for them to travel and face one of the other Michigan-based D-II schools, find your way to the field.

There are currently five former Lakers playing in the National Football League: Brandon Carr (CB, Cowboys), Charles Johnson (WR, Vikings), Matt Judon (LB, Ravens), Tim Lelito (OL, Saints) and Dan Skuta (LB, Jaguars).

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