Michigan football: 5 best seasons in Wolverines history

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Pick Analysis. Scouting Report. Big 10 Champions, National Champions. No.1 Coaches/No. 1 AP. 1997 (12-0). 1. player. 811

Michigan football wins a co-national championship in 1997.

Everyone could’ve guessed this one. The 1997 Michigan Football team is the greatest set of Wolverines the program has ever put together. A product of Schembechler, head coach Lloyd Carr led the Wolverines to an undefeated national championship in just his third year as head coach, kicking off a new era of Michigan football.

On offense the Wolverines were led by Brian Griese, Steve Hutchinson, Jerame Tuman, while on the other side of the ball, Michigan had the likes of Rob Renes, Glen Steele and Heisman Trophy winner, Charles Woodson.

Seven of the twelve Michigan victories in 1997 were against ranked opponents, including a stretch of beating six ranked opponents in their final seven games. The offense wasn’t explosive but they were bullies winning the fight on the line opening up the run game to control the time of possession and give their already dominant defense more time to rest.

The 1997 Michigan Wolverines defense easily have a seat the table of greatest defenses in college football history. It’s without question that the 1997 team is the best team the Michigan Wolverines have ever had.

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