'Big Ten Elite' spotlights 1997 Michigan team

In our debut episode of “Big Ten Elite” on Tuesday night, we profiled Michigan’s most recent national championship football team. Lloyd Carr was entering his third season as Michigan head man and took what had been an underachieving Michigan squad the previous two seasons to the pinnacle of college football.

Brian Griese, a fifth-year senior, quarterbacked the offense and Charles Woodson led a stingy defense (with an occasional cameo on offense) as Michigan went undefeated in Big Ten play and squared off against the Ryan Leaf and the Washington State Cougars in the Rose Bowl.

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With Griese throwing three touchdowns and Woodson making a key interception, Michigan won the grandaddy of them all and captured a share of the national title. Our show features interviews with Carr, Woodson, Bob Griese and Brian Griese.

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Mary Brennan on 10/2/2012 @ 7:09pm EST Said:

Nebraska beat Peyton Manning-led Tennessee to win NC in 97. If that team had played Michigans team, I have no doubt that we would have destroyed Michigan. GBR!

Joe on 10/2/2012 @ 9:26pm EST Said:

Nebraska should have lost the game to Missouri kicking the ball in the end zone – the refs gave them a game. Nebraska didn’t deserve to play for the national championship, and the vote by the coaches was purely because Osbourne was retiring. And Michigan STILL would’ve whooped Nebraska!!!

Tony D on 10/3/2012 @ 7:51pm EST Said:

Lol easy there, Mary. Michigan’s defense would have shut you guys down. Let’s not compare how well Nebraska did against Big 12 defenses to a late 90s B1G defense. Besides its a joke to compare the bowl games, different teams both with two great college QBs. One team is #1 knowing all they have to do is win to be National Champions, and another team, playing in their coaches final game, has motivation to play the best they can and win by as many pts as they can, to try and sway some votes. It would have been a close game, but defense wins championships. Just ask the SEC these days.

Doug on 10/4/2012 @ 10:55am EST Said:

Nebraska blew out Peyton Manning, Michigan snuck by Ryan Leaf, hmmmm…..

scott carr on 9/5/2013 @ 12:43pm EST Said:

last timeI checked Peyton Manning didn’t play defense.