|Conference Big Ten Conference|
AP No. 20
Head coach Lloyd Carr (2nd year)
|Coaches No. 20|
1996 record 8–4 (5–3 Big Ten)
|Offensive coordinator Fred Jackson (2nd year)|
The 1996 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Lloyd Carr. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium. That year Michigan Wolverines football competed in the Big Ten Conference in almost all intercollegiate sports including men's college football. The 1996 Wolverines finished the season with an 8–4 record (5–3 in the Big Ten) and lost 17–14 to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 1997 Outback Bowl. The team was ranked #20 in both the final coaches and AP polls.
On October 5, Tai Streets tied the school record of 12 single-game receptions set in 1958 by Brad Myers and broken in 2001 by Marquise Walker. Remy Hamilton, set the school record for consecutive field goals made (14). The closest challenger in Michigan Wolverines football history has made 9 consecutive (K.C. Lopata, 2007). The streak fell one short of Vlade Janakievski's Big Ten record set in 1979–80. Hamilton concluded his career with the 1st (25, 1994), 2nd (19, 1995) and 3rd (18, 1996) highest single-season field goal totals in Michigan history, but Garrett Rivas has tied him for second twice (2005 & 2006). Mike Gillette had previously held the record with 18 in 1988. The 25 continues to be the Big Ten record. Hamilton also established the Michigan career field goals made record (63), which Rivas has since surpassed by one. Gillette had totaled 57 in his career ending in 1988. Hamilton fell two shy of the Big Ten record by Todd Gregoire.