BY STEPHANIE WRIGHT
In the past four years, Michigan has won two Big Ten titles and had players win numerous postseason awards - including a fair share of All-America honors.
But it hasn't won a bowl game.
The third-ranked Wolverines will get a chance to reverse that trend when they take on No. 8 Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.
More than likely, Michigan will also be looking for a little redemption - and not just because of the controversy surrounding Florida's selection as Ohio State's opponent in the National Championship game.
Pasadena hasn't been kind to Michigan of late.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
Three years ago, cornerback Leon Hall found himself face to face with Southern Cal star wide receiver Mike Williams in the Rose Bowl.
How'd it turn out?
Not to Hall's liking. But he made the point during Michigan Media Day this August that if he got another chance to line up against a star receiver in a Rose Bowl, he would change the outcome.
The Vista, Calif., native will have that opportunity to do just that come New Year's Day. He will face off against Southern Cal's nationally hyped wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett.
Play of the game - Leading by just six late in the fourth quarter, Michigan QB #7 found WR #86 on a 10-yard completion on a fourth-and-four play. Michigan went on to score on the drive, effectively ending the game.
Player of the game - Michigan CB #14: With Michigan holding a slim 21-14 lead, CB #14 stepped in front of a USC QB #10 pass and returned it 31 yards for a Wolverine score.
Michigan coach Kevin Wright:
"This win was for all my critics entering the season."
Predictions against the spread for the bowl games
Jack Herman, the current Daily managing sports editor, takes his shot at his football writers, hoping to hold onto the celebrities' lead.
Click here to view this week's staff picks as they appear in print.
BY PETE STEINERT
PASADENA, CALIF. - Before Monday's Rose Bowl game, Michigan coach Bo Schembechler told his players to expect the unexpected, to be prepared for anything.
Sure thing, coach. The Wolverines had already encountered their share of surprises during the regular season: the then-unknown Reggie Ho and his automatic toe out-kicking Mike Gillette in the season opener; Miami (Fla.) rallying from laps behind; and starting quarterback Michael Taylor breaking his right collarbone against Minnesota.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
His 6-foot-7 frame walked through the Crisler Arena door with just as large a smile beaming across his face.
And it was a feeling mirrored by Michigan fans around the nation.
Thursday afternoon, redshirt junior left tackle Jake Long stole the spotlight from the upcoming Rose Bowl showdown against Southern Cal when he publicly announced his decision to return for his senior season.
"It was the best thing for me and this team," Long said. "Michigan has done so many things for me, and I'm just paying it back and coming back to play. It'll be fun."
BY SCOTT BELL
Every year, the bowl game serves as the end of the road for more than a handful of seniors for the Michigan football team.
This season, the upcoming Rose Bowl is no different.
Key players like seniors Leon Hall and LaMarr Woodley will be forced to hang up their jerseys following the Jan. 1 contest.
But four-year contributors may not be the only Michigan athletes to say "sayonara" to Ann Arbor following the team's matchup with Southern Cal.
BY JACK HERMAN
The Bowl Championship Series isn't perfect.
But then again, what is?
Through all the yapping, bashing and trashing about the BCS lately, I've yet to hear many alternatives mentioned other than a playoff. So in the interest of adding to the never-ending list of sports what ifs, let's see what would happen if the NCAA used a different method to name a champion.
In an effort to emulate one of the more successful pro sports leagues, the NCAA could adopt the PGA Tour's system of tracking the money list.