Michigan began playing football in 1892 and since then have won more games than any other program in the country. Michigan has finished the season in the top 10 more than 35 times, trailing only Oklahoma and Alabama in that statistic. They’ve also been crowned the National Champions 11 times.
By 1901 Michigan was already a national power, winning 56 straight games between then and 1905. That streak would include a 49-0 victory in the 1902 Rose Bowl over Stanford. Eight of their next nine bowl appearances would be in the Rose Bowl. However, it would take the 77 years to play in those nine bowl games. They would only play in five bowls from 1900 to 1969 but they would win ten National Championships in that span.
While Michigan would only play in those five bowl games, they would play in six bowls during the 1970’s. A lot of that credit has to go to Bo Schembechler taking the reigns as coach. He would coach the team for 20 years. Schembechler time in Ann Arbor was one of the most successful in school history, compiling 194 wins and 13 Big 10 championships. Michigan would eventually claim their 11th National Championship in 1997 when they defeated Washington State in the Rose Bowl behind Heisman trophy winner Charles Woodson.