Michigan is enduring its longest drought without a Big Ten title in a half-century.
The Wolverines' last conference championship was in 2004. College football's winningest program hasn't gone this long without finishing first in the Big Ten since the gap between its 1950 and 1964 conference titles.
The 19th-ranked Wolverines can move a small step toward their goal by beating Minnesota in their Big Ten opener Saturday at home. They've been able to rest since rallying from a 14-point, second-half deficit to stay undefeated Sept. 21 at Connecticut.