These are two football schools who have a great history of success with historic names passing through. Unfortunately for the two, they have both fallen on hard times as of late. The Longhorns' struggles began in 2010 under head coach Mack Brown. They would end the season unranked for the first time in over 10 years with a 5-7 record.
They would then go 4-5 in conference play in 2011, before having an uprising season where they ended ranked No. 19 in 2012. The Longhorns would drop to 8-5 in 2013, but went 7-2 in conference play, and ended in the Alamo Bowl. Texas has gotten off to a 1-2 start under first year head coach Charlie Strong.
Michigan has struggled since coach Lloyd Carr left following the 2007 season. That season ended with a Capital One Bowl win over Tim Tebow's Florida Gators. Carr was replaced by Rich Rodriguez in 2008, and the Wolverines ended his first season at 3-9. It was the team's first losing season since 1967, and the most losses in one season in the school's history. They would go 5-7 the next season (1-7 in conference), and had their best season under Rodriguez in 2010 with just a 7-6 record.
Brady Hoke took over in 2011 and had a promising 11-2 season, and ended the season ranked 9th with a 23-20 Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech. That promise went away quick as Hoke has posted declining records of 8-5, and 7-6 the past couple of years, and recently the team's first shutout loss since 1984. It's two teams who have plenty of success in the past, and have struggled to regain that same success as of late. But if they do find their way, it is sure to be another entertaining game, as it was in 2005.