Michigan's last Big Ten football championship is celebrated in a glass-covered display.
If the trophy was not enclosed, it would probably have a lot of dust. The Wolverines have not won a conference title since 2004, their longest drought since the stretch between 1950 and 1964 championships.
Entering his fourth season in charge of the storied program, coach Brady Hoke reiterates that finishing first in the Big Ten is the team's ultimate goal again this year.
Michigan was fifth in its six-team division in 2013 and closed the season with five losses in six games, flopping to a 7-6 record.
The Wolverines will likely need to have success on the road at Michigan State and Ohio State to reach the Big Ten championship game for the first time.