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There Are 82 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

Michigan may have lost four games in 1982, but if not for a critical win against Illinois late in the season, they were missing the Rose Bowl. Fans of manball will fist-pump at Michigan ending a game on a defensive stand, clinging to a lead. On the road and only up six points, Michigan had to stop Illinois four times on the goal line as the clock ticked off. Escaping, it gave them enough wins to lock up the Big Ten title.