Saturday, November 11, 2006

1969 game: Best game prior to this season

The 1969 game between Michigan and Ohio State is widely considered the best game in Michigan football history. It was Coach Schembechler's first Michigan/OSU game and it commenced a rivalry between himself and OSU Coach Woody Hayes that is now referred to as "The Ten Year War." Ohio State entered the 1969 game with the #1 ranking and riding a 22 game winning streak including a 50-14 thumping of Michigan the previous year. Michigan (7-2) was ranked #12 under first-year Head Coach Schembechler and Michigan was considered a huge underdog to the Buckeyes. However, before a then record crowd of 103,588 at Michigan Stadium the Wolverines defeated Ohio State 24-12 to send Michigan to the Rose Bowl! A Michigan win in the 2006 game would rank right up there with the 1969 victory as one of the greatest victories of all-time. Go Blue!

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