Now it's your turn to vote on 'TIEBREAKER'

Forty years ago, a 10-10 tie between Ohio State and Michigan left the determination of which school would represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl up to the 10 school athletic directors. In the days when only one Big Ten team could play in a bowl game, that controversial vote changed college football forever. It’s now the topic of the BTN Originals documentary “TIEBREAKER,” which debuts at 7 p.m. ET Saturday. Now it’s your turn to voice your opinion and cast the vote.

To commemorate the anniversary of that historic game, BTN is opening the tiebreaker vote to college football fans everywhere. Watch game footage and interviews with the key players from the 1973 game at BTNTIEBREAKER.COM and choose the team you think should have represented the Big Ten Conference in the Rose Bowl.

Daily winners will get a Big Ten school-specific tailgating helmet and one grand prize winner will receive a pair of 2014 football season tickets to their Big Ten team of choice. Visit and enter to win.

Read more about the game here, and find interviews with key players Randy Gradishar of Ohio State and Dennis Franklin of Michigan. Here are a few other “TIEBREAKER” videos below, including the film’s trailer.


Former Michigan quarterback Dennis Franklin talks about that game on #BTNLive


And here’s what people are saying so far:


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (12 Comments)
Zoumonkie on 11/15/2013 @ 4:28pm EDT Said:

Any tie with Michigan should go to Ohio State; there got there by talent and Michigan by luck.

Faygo on 11/15/2013 @ 5:23pm EDT Said:

Was an MSU student then and questioned the “tiebreaker” decision, because MSU was accused of voting for OSU. My fellow Spartans reminded me of how UM had fought against MSU joining the Big Ten, which I had to acknowledge. Too bad for Dennis Franklin, but it turned out correctly. The bad blood between MSU and our “older brother” (ptooie) is to be expected and will continue. I have great respect for UM’s 1973 team, but only the tiniest of violins for their fate in “tiebreaker.”

Don Eggen on 11/15/2013 @ 6:18pm EDT Said:

I was at the 1973 Michigan vs. osu game. I was a Junior and if you were at the game you just knew at the end Michigan was going to the Rose Bowl. Michigan outplayed osu and it was obvious in the 4th quarter Michigan was the better team. The reason the athletic directors gave was that osu had a better shot at winning the Rose Bowl because Dennis Franklin was injured. The vote was 6-4 in favor of osu, and the Michigan fan base never forgave the msu athletic director nor the Iowa athletic director, both of whom were at Michigan. Pure politics. Never saw Bo so mad and he stayed mad until the he passed away in 2006. This event, and the 1972-1973-1974 seasons, where Michigan went 30-2-1 over 3 seasons and never went to a bowl game, changed the Big Ten rule on only one team going to a bowl, game. In 1975, Michigan went to the Orange Bowl to play Oklahoma. BTW, Michigan had a QB on the ’73 team that was a starter the previous year and Dennis Franklin was healthy enough to play in the Rose Bowl on January 1. Go Blue!

David DeMartini on 11/16/2013 @ 12:24am EDT Said:

I heard Dennis Franklin from Michigan the other night say “everybody thought we outplayed them” in reference to The Game that year and that is an asinine comment. Who played better in a football game is determined by the score and the score was 10 to 10 so neither team “outplayed the other”. The right team was chosen to go to the Rose Bowl that year, perhaps not by the careful judicious judgment of those who voted on it but the right team, nevertheless.

BeRealandGetOverIt on 11/16/2013 @ 12:14pm EDT Said:

Ohio State was # 1, they did not lose.
Michigan was #4, they did not win.
Michigan was playing at home, they did not win.
How is that anyone who is #4, playing at home, and does not beat #1 is so convinced they are better and more deserving?
Typically in sports, in a single game, you have to BEAT the team in front of you to be considered better. Perhaps the most typical is boxing, you have to beat the champ to be the champ and if you tie, the champ retains the title.
If #1 played #4 today on #4’s field, and they tied, #4 would not pass #1 and no one would expect them too. [Yes, I know it can’t happen now with OT, but that is not the point.] In fact if #4 passed #1 after they tied, there would likely be a far bigger outcry from all corners than there would be from just the fans of #4 who think they are better or deserving, but did not do it on their home field when they had the chance.
Maybe what should be surprising is not a 6-4 vote, but why the vote was not 9-1 in favor of Ohio State given they were ranked higher. [Obviously Michigan would vote for themselves.] What politics went into the other 3 schools who voted for Michigan [or AGAINST Ohio State]?
I was 14 and watched the game on TV, Michigan was my team and I wanted them to win, they didn’t, they had their chance, they didn’t win. Although I probably would have been happy if Michigan won the vote, I did not expect them to be voted in after they could not win it on the field. I think the vote should have be 9-1 for Ohio State.

Ray on 11/16/2013 @ 6:48pm EDT Said:

BeRealandGetOverIt: You said it all! How does a tie at home make UM the better team. I have been trying to figure out why Michigan felt “entitled” to the Rose Bowl for 40 years.

Matt on 11/16/2013 @ 8:45pm EDT Said:

Any tie should go to the overall better ranked team agreed. However, the shrimp that said it should always go to OSU above obviously doesn’t realize that Michigan is still 14 YEARS ahead in the rivalry… Wikipedia how many times they have played and you will see the Royal colors of Maize and Blue out rank you… and I disagree on the politics as well… except if Michigan would have attempted to get involved in the politics of going, we clearly could have bought out the votes… I mean come on… We have individual alumni who donate to our school in $200 million dollar checks!! They wouldn’t have stood a chance lol There isn’t a school in the WORLD that would!!

bob628 on 11/17/2013 @ 6:26pm EDT Said:

Burt Smith cast a heroic vote and should be recognized for his honesty and courage. Michigan fans need to quit whining about it and realize that they didn’t beat the champ and if you don’t beat the champ, the champ is still the champ. That so called “special” is nothing more than a promo by a bunch of um slappies attemping to conviince a non-believing public that they are entitled to something they never achieved, ala greatness. If um had been selected, they would have traveled to Pasadena and lost like “Bowlbumbler” did 99.99% of the time he took them to a bowl game.

Collins D on 11/18/2013 @ 12:37am EDT Said:

I was there, a Michigan sophomore, at my first UM-OSU game. It was wild at the end. And, the OSU fans nearby (who were with UM friends at the game, btw) turned to us and said, “have fun at the Rose Bowl.” They knew, we all knew — Michigan had outplayed their team. I remember admiring how gracious they were. Spartans and their AD, not so gracious. Denny Franklin’s team won 30 games and never went to a bowl. At least it ended that kind of travesty. GO BLUE!! (and, like Bo, we will never, ever forget)

buckeye77 on 11/18/2013 @ 10:39am EDT Said:

Only Bo’s incessant whining kept this story alive. OSU was #1 in country and tied Mich.ON THE ROAD. Polls didn’t come out till Tues after the game then and do you think Big 10 wanted to have #1 team in country stay at home? (In 66 #1 ND played #2 Mich St in East Lansing and played to 10-10 tie in final game of season and STAYED #!).
Did anyone mention Archie getting hurt in 3rd quarter (cheap shot by Dave Brown who clearly twisted Archie’s ankle in pile up) and the game changing while he was out?
The Big 10 had repealed the no repeat rule after 72 season specifcally for instances like this.All this whining about “OSU WENT LAST YEAR” makes no sense since they repealed the rule!!
After 40 years I look back and say how could anyone even think of voting for Michigan?

Pete Kossoris on 11/18/2013 @ 5:11pm EDT Said:

Michigan was the better team in the game. They deserved to win the vote.
The Mich St athletic director who betrayed his state should have been censored & fired.
I was at the rose bowl game that followed this game, think Michigan also would have won if it is true, as he claims, that Dennis Franklin could have played. It’s just too bad they
didn’t play overtime then to break ties. Also, today’s placekickers are much better than those of 40 yrs ago, if Michigan had had a fg kicker comperable to what you’d typically see today, they’d have won in regulation. Hate to see Woddy come out ahead, he was a fine coach in many ways but in other significant ways a discredit to the game, finally got fired for hitting a Clemson player, only the final such act, not the lst.

Brad Olberding on 11/25/2013 @ 9:07pm EDT Said:

Plain and simple, if you can’t win the game at home, the other team deserves it. Ohio State absolutely deserved to go to Pasadena.