1.) 1997 over Ohio State
2.) 1997 over Washington State
3.) 2006 over ND
4.) When we beat washington in the big house! i don't know what year it was. Was it 2002?
5.) 2005 over Penn State!
Whats your favorite wins?
1) PSU 05
2) OSU 03
3) ND 03
4) MSU Brayfest 04
6) WSU 98RB
9) UF 08Cap1
10) PSU 06
The only order these are in is as they come to my head:
'04 against MSU at the Big House (2nd and last game I've been to)
Orange Bowl against Alabama
some game way back when against Purdue in which we smoked them. 1st game at the Big House. Elvis Grbac was QB, relieved by Todd Collins when the game got absurd.
16-9 win against OSU in like 94 or 96, whichever. the one where Tai Streets caught that slant pass for TD.
97 (98 NYD) Rose Bowl against Wazzu
08 C1 Bowl against Florida
34-8 housing of PSU, 97
1. 2003 Houston
2. 1998 Hawaii
3. 2000 Rice
4. 2004 SDSU
5. 2007 Oregon
The Oregon game was especially pathetic. Shame on Lloyd Carr for running up the score like that on a clearly outmatched team.
I was beyond ashamed of my school that day. As the students hurled marshmallows at the ineffective Dennis Dixon, did Lloyd really need to call for a reverse pass on 4th and 12, score, and go for 2 to make it an even 60?
He was asked at the post-game press conference why he went for two with the game already in hand. His response was because he "couldn't go for three."
What a prick.
Awesome comments, thanks for the laughs.
Starting from '01 and up
1) 2003 OSU
2) 2008 Cap One Bowl Florida
3) 2004 MSU
4) 2006 ND
5) 2004 Minnesota
I forgot about that minnesota game! That was a great comeback! Chirs Perry had a million screen passes in that game. LOL
1) 97 Ohio State
2) 97 Penn State
3) 97 Washington State
4) 03 Ohio State
5) 06 Notre Dame
I know that seems like a cop-out, but national championship seasons are hard to top.
'89 rose bowl over usc
"leave 'em for dead" lloyd was so heartless
1. (tie) '95-96 OSU
2. '06 Notre Dame
3. '08 Florida
4. '97 Penn State
5. ok not football but those years we hosted the hockey regionals and won (i think '98, '02 and '03??)
colorado in '97 was pretty good too, i think they may have been pre-season #1 going into that game??
Huh? We weren't even expected to win the conference. We didn't get the number 1 until after we had defeated 9 teams including Colorado, Notre Dame, and #3 Penn State. We started the season ranked #14.
Colorado was preseason #8 in 1997 (with 3 first-place votes), and stayed there until we beat them.
yeah colorado was who i meant. i knew the buffaloes were certainly favorites going into that game at least.
Ive only been watching Michigan football since 2004
(5) 2006 ND
(4) 2007 MSU
(3) 2004 MSU
(2) 2008 Florida
(1) 2005 Penn St
MVP, he's saying Colorado was #1, which also isn't true - I think they were 3 or 4.
SI or some other uninformed sourse had CU #1. but yea, via AP/coaches they were top 5-7ish.
1) '97 Penn State 34-8. It wasn't as close as the score.
2) '02 Michigan State 49-3. Fuck you Spartan Bob, we love you Bobby Williams.
3) '95(?) Illinois 38-14. Illinois players did soooooo much trashtalking before that game, claiming they wished they could play Michigan twice. Eat shit, assholes.
4) '03 Notre Dame 38-0. Thrashing ND like that is really sweet, and unlike the '07 Cripple Fight, Michigan still had hopes for a special season at the time.
5) '06 Notre Dame 47-21. Charlie Weiss should probably eat less.
Does anyone know why the hell Illinois thinks they're rivals with us?
I happen to live in a little city where there are tons of grads from all the Big Ten schools. EVERY Big Ten school thinks we are their biggest rival. I have a bunch of Penn State friends and they HATE Michigan. Same with the Illini, Purdue, Wisconsin, they all absolutely hate Michigan. When I met the PSU guys I was like, "oh hey man, Big Ten!" and they were like "Fuck Michigan." It's lonely at the top.
Michigan gets everybody's best shot.
They do get everybody's best shot!
I can understand Penn State. Years and years of futility will make you bitter. But Penn State is actually a good program, and there have been some really tight games (thus accentuating the bitterness) over the years. I don't think Illinois has given us much of a challenge this decade, so I don't know where they get off, honestly. It's very MSU-ish.
Very MSU-ish indeed. Pretty similar schools, Illinois and MSU, Illinois has had years fairly recently where they've beaten us, some years they were close, some years we've smoked em, but we are clearly the dominant team. I would prob hate us too. We don't see it from Ill as much since they are farther away, and less UM people interact with Ill people than they do with MSU people, I would imagine.
I have only been a fan since my frosh year in 03, but the 97 win over PSU must have been absolutely incredible. I mean, UM was expected to get absolutely crushed. I think Beano Cook said something like Michigan should just forfeit the game. To just destroy State Penn like that must have been just awesome.
It must have been somewhat like the joy I felt when we beat ND in 06 for the first time in 3 years and by so much. It was just incredible, beginning when Prescott Burgess returned that INT for a TD. But then the OSU loss messed everything up. Damn that terrible turf that was sodded that week. Cheating bastards.
Was that the game at Penn State that, in the 4th quarter, after the game was way over, PSU scored a touchdown (the first one scored in the 2nd half against M in a long time or some such thing) and they celebrated as if they had just scored the winning points?
I just remember that at that point in the season, the defense hadn't allowed a 4th quarter TD. At the end of the game, Lloyd pulled the starters and our 2nd team defense was in. PSU was knocking on the door of scoring a garbage time TD, and all the starters - Ray, Steele, Sword, Woodson - were all on the sidelines screaming at the backups that they'd better not let up a TD...Diallo Johnson then promptly picked a pass off on the goal-line to keep the streak alive.
it was #4 vs #2, we were hardly expected to get crushed
and they did get a 4th quarter td
the diallo pick was against state i think
Shit. You're right. NEVER MIND.
The best victories are like a good F.........therefore, I give you:
ND '91? Whenever Desmond had "The Catch"
MSU '04 (Braylonfest)
The Bowl Formerly Known as The Citrus '08
Bucknuts '03 and '97
Wash St. '97
Rose Bowl '93
1995 Virginia, my first game, it was michigan's biggest comeback at that time
1995 OSU. Biaka-Butuka!
1997 PSU. We Rule.
1997 Rose Bowl. I admit, I cried
2005 PSU. Super Mario
And of course any game where we make ND look like a bunch of little girls
1. OSU '03- Just a great win, best I've ever felt after watching a UM game.
2. ND '06 - Yeah we'll do our talking after the game charlie. Great start to what should have been a great season.
3. Florida '08 - Feel good win, send the coaching staff and seniors out with a W.
4. MSU '04 - I had basically given up all hope, luckily the Sparty Swoon took place, probably the most exciting Michigan game I've seen besides the '05 rose bowl.
5. 2002 PSU - Great overtime victory.
ruining Ohio State's national championship dreams two consecutive years in 1995 and 1996. Guys: I'm insulted as a Buckeye fan. Not that you care.
In the last 15 years, Michigan has beaten OSU when OSU was ranked #5 or higher ['93, '95, '96, '97, '03]. Thats one third of the time (which, coincidentally, is about the frequency Michigan wins the game these days).
But Michigan comming back from a 28 point deficit or winning a Rose Bowl, much more rare.
Fuck Ohio St. We're better than having to mention playing spoiler.
'97 OSU game. unless you were there, words can't describe it.
Come on man. Biakabutuka ran for 313 yards in that game, a record. That definitely is up there, especially since it couldn't have happened to a better team.
yes, definitely the best game ever. and probably the loudest. and all you heard before the game was that stupid Edie George chant "Edie-Edie-Edie"
I'll never forget it. I had Row A seats with some of my best friends; I remember looking up to the scoreboard, the clock winding down, as a sea of humanity decked in Blue swarmed toward the wall separating us from the field. I knew I had to get over that wall fast! My group and I, including a few Fanatics, were some of the first onto the field, chest-bumping Chris Perry, Stevie B., Braylon was off somewhere posing...it was incredible. I'd seen a few insane games in the Big House between 2000 and 2004, but never was the atmosphere so intensely jubilant as that game. The team with roses in their teeth: Priceless.
1. 97 OSU was the best. The Rose Bowl was a little anticlimatic in comparison (we were heavy favorites over WSU).
2. '03 OSU was also great. When Braylon caught an 85-yard TD to put us up big (which was called back due to holding) the crowd was as loud as I've ever heard it. Then it got close before we completed a huge 3rd and long pass to ice it.
3. '97 PSU was incredibly satisfying. It's hard to believe now, but people were saying that we were jinxed against PSU, since we'd lost three straight to them. Then we just stomped all over them. It was 34-0 after three quarters. '06 ND was obviously similar.
4. '99 'Bama was one of the best overall games (Michigan or otherwise) I've ever watched.
5. '04 MSU - painful to watch for 3 quarters, then phenomenal in the 4th and OTs
Honorable mention: '92 Washington (Rose Bowl), '93 OSU, '94 ND, '95 Virginia, '95 OSU, '96 OSU, '99 PSU, '02 Washington, '03 Minnesota, '06 ND, '07 Florida.
Clearly the 97 OSU game was the best, and 98 Rose Bowl and 97 PSU are right there as well, but there seems to be little love for two of the best ND games.
1991 and the Catch. The game ended a run of futility against the Irish. And Desmond's Catch is one of the iconic moments in Michigan history.
And the 1997 ND game was extrememly exciting. The Irish had four consecutive possessions in our territory in the late 3rd quarter and the 4th. Our offense had a number of drives where it stalled or turned the ball over. But the D absolutely owned the four time Heisman winner down the stretch. While ND's season went south after that, at the time it was extremely satisfying.