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There Are 31 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.

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Over the years, Michigan and Iowa played some Big Ten brawls. Not until Hayden Fry and Bo Schembechler were on opposite sidelines did it become a reliably nail-biting week on the season schedule. Thirty-one years ago the Hawkeyes came to Ann Arbor and both teams were in the top fifteen. A low-scoring affair, but Michigan had the ball last, and that's all it took. Game-winning 45-yard field goal to close it out.