Record: 12 - 0
Finish: 1997 National Champions, Rose Bowl: Won
Coach: Lloyd Carr
Best Player: Charles Woodson
Michigan entered the '97 season ranked No. 14 with the toughest schedule in the nation. They proceeded to turn in one of the most impressive campaigns in school history. Behind Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson (still the only primarily defensive player to take the award), the Wolverines went undefeated, beating seven ranked teams, including four in the top 10, highlighted by a 34-8 thrashing of No. 3 ranked Penn State on the road, and a tough 20-14 defeat of No. 4 ranked arch rival Ohio State at home. 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.