'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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