After winning a share of the national championship in 1997, Michigan again harbored high hopes in 1998.

The Wolverines entered their title defense as the fifth-ranked team in the country but dropped their first two games of the season against Notre Dame and Syracuse. But Michigan rebounded to win nine of its next 10 games to earn a share of the Big Ten title with Ohio State and Wisconsin. However, it was the 31-16 loss to the Buckeyes in Columbus that cost Lloyd Carr’s Wolverines a return trip to Pasadena — that honor went to Wisconsin via a tiebreaker.

Michigan ended the 1998 season with a 45-31 win over Arkansas in the Citrus Bowl.