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There Are 99 Days to Michigan Football

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.

Gregory Shamus

In the era of non-cupcake nonconference scheduling, team 99 had a colossal top-five match-up on the first day of October. Number five Texas A&M came to Ann Arbor to play Rick Leach and Company. Sixty minutes later, Michigan put up 41 points on A&M and allowed a measly field goal to run the Aggies out of Ann Arbor, 41-3. Two weeks later, Michigan regained the number one spot in the rankings after beating Michigan State.