The Guru's Note: Continuing our Ten Years of BCS series, the Guru reviews and examines the top programs during the BCS Era (1998-2007) and ranks them from Nos. 1-10. The rankings will be published in reverse order in the coming days as we approach the kickoff of the 2008 season.
Overall Record: 93-32 (.744), 9th
BCS Bowl Record: 1-3 (4, 8th)
National Titles (Game Record): 0 (0-0)
Final AP Rankings (1998-2007): 12-5-11-20-9-6-14-U-8-18 (Top 5: 1 / Top 10: 4)
Michigan embarks on the 2008 season with a lot of uncertainty, but it had been one of the most consistent teams in the BCS Era (1998-2007) and played in four BCS bowls – winning the 2000 Orange Bowl while quarterbacked by Tom Brady.
The Wolverines will begin a new chapter in their storied history following the retirement of coach Lloyd Carr, who won a split national title in 1997, just before the dawn of BCS. Michigan’s inability to defeat Ohio State in recent years (losing six of the last seven) kept the Maize and Blue from contending for the BCS title.