They were also riding a 4-game winning streak where they had not scored fewer than 35 nor allowed more than 9. The week before they played OSU they went to Iowa City and kicked the crap out of the Hawkeyes 51-6 and the players chanted "Beat the Buckeyes" at the top of their lungs in the locker room after the game.
I really hope we beat OSU like the '69 team did, but that team was hitting on all cylinders for a month before they played The Game. This situation is a little more analagous to the 1995 and 1996 seasons. In '95, Michigan had lost two of their previous 3 games (and the win was a 5-0 shitfest over Purdue). In '96, Michigan had lost both of its games leading up to the OSU game. But Michigan found a way to win against OSU teams that were both ranked #2.
Let's hope this group finds a way as well.