There Are 72 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.

Ohio State and Michigan were the bitterest of enemies during the Seventies. The season's final game almost always had a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line, and 1972, like 1973, was Michigan's run at a national title that was cut short by the Buckeyes.

The 1972 Wolverines began the year in the top 15, demolished a power of a UCLA team, and climbed to number three before the contest with OSU. The Buckeyes were ninth in the country that year, and caught Michigan with their proverbial pants down. After 60 minutes of football, the Wolverines spent January at home while Ohio went to Pasadena.

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