The Michigan Wolverines comprise 27 varsity sports teams at the University of Michigan. These teams compete in the NCAA’s Division I and in the Big Ten Conference in all sports except women’s water polo, which competes in the NCAA inter-divisional Collegiate Water Polo Association.
Team colors are maize and blue, though these are different shades of “maize” and “blue” than those used by the university at large. The winged helmet is a recognized icon of Michigan Athletics.
In 11 of the past 20 years (through 2014–15), Michigan has finished in the top five of the NACDA Directors’ Cup, a list compiled by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics that charts institutions’ overall success in college sports. UM has finished in the top ten of the Directors’ Cup standings in sixteen of the award’s twenty-two seasons.