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.