There Are 95 Days to Michigan Football

Gregory Shamus

Waiting for the opening Saturday of college football is agonizing. All we want is 13 weeks of Brent Musberger "pardner" one-liners, the buzz of Michigan Stadium in late November, and jokes about the Bowl Championship Series. Fear not, bleary-eyed traveler. This is a continuing series intended to get through the long, hot summer and back to the glory of football season.

Michigan spent the entirety of the 1973 season inside the top five. Team 95 was again a loaded Michigan team, and obliterated all opponents they faced. Until they played Ohio State. In the pre-overtime era of college football (which would last until the 1996 season amazingly), the rules also dictated that only one team per conference was allowed to go to a bowl. The conference athletic directors voted which team to send bowling, and when the Michigan-Ohio State game occurred that season it was not only for the conference title but for the bowl bid. Michigan played OSU to a bitter 10-10 tie, and guess which team got voted into a bowl. Team 95 is, in a cruel twist of fortune, the best to have never gotten the chance to play for a national championship.

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