Michigan entered the '97 season ranked #14 and facing the toughest schedule in the nation, and proceeded to turn in one of the most impressive campaigns in school history (which, needless to say given the program's pedigree, is sayin' something). Behind Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson (still the only primarily defensive player to take the trophy), the Wolverines were undefeated, beating seven ranked teams, including four in the top 10, highlighted by a 34-8 thrashing of then-no. 3 ranked Penn State in State College, and a tough 20-14 defeat of no. 4 ranked archrival Ohio State in Michigan Stadium. In addition to Woodson, the '97 Wolverines would eventually "graduate" 31 players to the National Football League, including a junior backup quarterback named Tom Brady.
1997 Michigan Wolverines