When No. 1 Michigan entered the 1998 Rose Bowl, it had an undefeated 11-0 record and a Big Ten Championship title. The Wolverines were looking to capture their first national championship since 1948 and was led by eventual Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson at cornerback, quarterback Brian Griese and tackle Jeff Backus.
No. 7 Washington State had a record of unprecedented success, going 10-1 in the regular season and winning the Pac-10. The Cougars were led by quarterback Ryan Leaf, an eventual second overall pick in the NFL Draft.
The Michigan men’s soccer team (4-2-2 Big Ten, 11-4-2 overall) secured a signature 3-1 win over Penn State (3-3-2, 6-9-2) Sunday afternoon at home. The Wolverines dealt with several injuries to key players, including senior center back Daniel Mukuna, senior midfielder Ivo Cerda and sophomore forward Mohammed Zakyi. Zakyi played through a hamstring injury while the other two didn’t dress.
The No. 7 Michigan field hockey team (7-1 Big Ten, 13-6 overall) was looking to repeat as Big Ten Tournament champions. However, No. 8 Iowa (4-4, 14-5) had other plans, finding a way on the board early.
Puddled greens coupled with flashes of thunder and lightning plagued the course for the Michigan women’s golf team. Over the weekend, the Wolverines finished their fall season at what was supposed to be a three-day tournament at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, North Carolina. They got called off the course on Friday due to weather, and the tournament was suspended until Saturday morning.
Though these poor weather conditions might have actually been an advantage for Michigan. The Wolverines are used to getting their paws wet and playing through rough conditions.