We've been debating this on one of the Niners boards that I post at and I'd like to see what the Titans fanbase thinks. It could be interesting since a lot of you are likely Volunteer fans as well so you were likely aware of both teams due to the Heisman race and the bowl game. In 1997, Nebraska finished 13-0, and Michigan finished 12-0. Michigan finished first in the AP poll, while Nebraska finished first in the coaches poll. Michigan defeated Washington State in the Rose Bowl 21-16. Nebraska beat Tennessee in the Orange Bowl 42-17. The 1997 season ended with a split championship. At the time, I thought Michigan was the better team and they deserved to be crowned undisputed champions. Looking back now, I think it's possible I was just a homer. My family lived in Michigan and Charles Woodson was my favorite player at the time and I loved watching them play. I watched a lot of Michigan games that year since they were one of my favorite teams, and I watched a lot of Nebraska games that year because I lived in the Big 12 country. The problem, however, is that those games were 14 years ago so it is difficult to judge based on memory, plus I knew less about football when I was 12 years old, and I was more biased at the time. I realize, stats don't tell everything, but like I said, I don't completely trust my biased 12-year old kid memory of that season. So by looking at some of the stats, here are the arguments for each team: NEBRASKA •Curb stomped Peyton Manning's Tennessee Volunteers in their bowl game. •Michigan's opponents were overrated and went 0-6 in bowl games (all losing by multiple scores). The only Big 10 team besides Michigan that won their bowl game was Purdue, who Michigan didn't play that year. •Nebraska outscored opponents by 30.7 PPG, where Michigan outscored opponents by 17 PPG. •Nebraska beat five teams that finished the season ranked in the top 25 by an average score of 45-22. Michigan beat three teams that finished the season ranked in the top 25 and beat them by an average score of 25-13. •Nebraska outscored its opponents with winning records by 23.6 points. Michigan outscored its opponents with winning records by 10.8 points. MICHIGAN •One of the greatest defenses ever •Charles Woodson (Heisman winner) •Nebraska struggled against unranked (at the time, they ended at #23) Missouri and won on a lucky (and possibly illegal) kicked ball for a TD that took the game to OT. Nebraska struggled against Missouri and Colorado, which makes TWO performances that were worse than any of Michigan's games. •Colorado was a common opponent. Michigan beat Colorado 27-3 at home, Nebraska won 27-24 at Colorado. However, the home/away is a factor, plus it was a rivalry game for CU/NEB, which also makes a difference. •Michigan beat #1 Colarado, #2 Penn State, #4 Ohio State, #7 Washington State, #14 Michigan State, #15 Wisconsin, and Notre Dame. However, these teams all ended up lower in rankings by the end of the season, which is more important than their ranking at the time. Who do you think was better? Why? If only we could have watched them play.