Michigan was bad in the 1960's before Bo Schembechler showed up. As mentioned, they went seven years in a row with a horrid conference finish before the 1965 Rose Bowl victory. Somehow, the 1963 team made one of its three wins against second ranked Illinois -- at Illinois. I suppose I can liken it to the 2008 team miraculously beating a much better Wisconsin team after a 4th quarter comeback, but the '63 team certainly didn't have players the caliber of Tate Forcier or Terrence Taylor. But Illinois had Dick Butkus and still managed to lose. Sports are weird.