There Are 65 Days to Michigan Football

Harry How

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.

Seven years of fifth or worse finishes in the Big Ten were endured by a flailing Michigan football program. Until the 1964-65 season. Michigan put together eight wins and just one loss to get a conference title and a Rose Bowl berth. On January 1st, 1965 they took the field against Oregon State -- a surprise opponent after USC lost the vote to represent the Pac Eight -- and demolished the Beavers 34-7.

Rose Bowls are a cherished thing to Big Ten teams, especially Michigan. When they make it, it's special, win or lose. A 9-1 record can do a lot of things, and for Michigan it not only bought Bump Elliot more time but it gave a hint of the dominance to come.

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