Team 117's distinction in Michigan lore is having two of the best defensive captains to ever play for the maize and blue.
Jarrett Irons and Rod Payne started a combined 89 games and were both first team All-Americans that season. Irons finished second all-time for tackles in Michigan history, and Payne was drafted by Cincinnati in the third round of that year's draft.
They may have finished 8-4 that season, but many of the key players from this team stayed on for the following year's national championship run. The high point included a rare west coast victory against UCLA and a win down in Columbus to end the year.