SI's College Football Preview: What was old is new again
In 1969, Bo Schembechler was the new Head Coach at Michigan after having coached the previous six seasons as the head man at his alma mater Miami (OH) University. Ohio State won the National Championship the previous season and was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated's 1969 College Football Preview issue (Sept. 15, 1969) as the #1 pre-season team. Michigan was unranked and the preview issue noted that the Wolverines "may have to wait a few years for results." Contrary to the bleak forecast, Michigan went on to win the Big Ten Championship and advance to the Rose Bowl by beating #1 Ohio State 24-12 in the final game of the regular season (12/1/69 SI issue: Bye-Bye, No.1).
Fast forward to 2008. Rich Rod is the new Head Coach at Michigan after having coached the previous seven seasons as the head man at his alma mater West Virginia University. Ohio State played in the BCS National Championship game the previous season and is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated's 2008 College Football Preview issue (August 14, 2008) as the #2 pre-season team. Michigan is not ranked in the top-20 (it is ranked #54) and is predicted to finish 5-7 on the year. In the article, Can't Beat the Spread, it states "If past is prologue, the Wolverines will grind their offensive gears in RichRod's first season. After that, stand back." The odds are stacked against the Wolverines and their new Head Coach just like 1969. Hopefully, the 2008 Wolverines can repeat the success Michigan experienced during Bo's initial season. Go Blue!