When Was the Last Time Michigan Football Won a National Championship?

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Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy celebrates their win against Washington in the national championship NCAA College Football Playoff game Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, in Houston.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Jan 09, 2024, 2:29 PM

Michigan defeated Washington 34-13 and won the 2023 college football national championship, holding onto its position as the winningest college program of all time. 

It’s the first Michigan title in a generation.

Last Time Michigan Football Won a National Championship

Michigan football’s last national championship came during the 1997 season when the Wolverines beat No. 8 Washington State in the Rose Bowl 21-16.

The Rose Bowl win capped an undefeated 12-0 season that also included a Big Ten Championship and a 20-14 win over archrival Ohio State.

List of Michigan Football National Championships

Year Final RecordBowl Game (If Any)
190111-0Rose Bowl: 49-0 vs. Stanford
190211-0N/A
190311-0-1N/A
190410-0N/A
19185-0N/A
19238-0N/A
19328-0N/A
19337-0-1N/A
194710-0Rose Bowl: 49-0 vs. USC
19489-0N/A
199712-0Rose Bowl: 21-16 vs. Washington State
202315-0CFP Championship: 34-13 vs. Washington

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.