BTN Originals introduced Tiebreaker to the public last month, a 60-minute documentary featuring the 1973 Ohio State-Michigan college football game that ended in a 10-10 tie, and the controversial aftermath that ultimately changed the Big Ten’s bowl structure for good.
BTN Originals premiered Tiebreaker, the network’s first feature-length documentary, Saturday night. The 60-minute show painted an indelible portrait of college football’s most storied rivalry and examined the aftermath of the 1973 Ohio State-Michigan game that ended in a 10-10 tie. With both teams tied atop the standings, Big Ten Athletic Directors voted to send Ohio State to the Rose Bowl. Michigan’s Bo Schembechler called the decision “the lowest day of my athletic career.”
Former Michigan quarterback Dennis Franklin joined the BTN booth during Saturday’s Michigan-Northwestern game to talk about the memorable 1973 Michigan-Ohio State game, to be featured at 7 p.m. ET in a BTN Originals documentary Tiebreaker. If you don’t recall the game, it finished in a 10-10 tie, and with both teams tied atop the Big Ten standings, the conference’s athletic directors held a vote to decide the Big Ten’s Rose Bowl representative. They picked Ohio State, and the rest is history.
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Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon knows all about the memorable 1973 Michigan-Ohio State game that ended in a 10-10 tie and resulted in Ohio State representing the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl following a vote among the conference’s athletic directors. Brandon was on Bo Schembechler’s team, and he talked about the emotions of being denied the Rose Bowl berth in a sideline interview Saturday night.
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.
Ohio State has produced a raft of great linebackers, including Chris Spielman, Tom Cousineau, Andy Katzenmoyer and A.J. Hawk, among others. And Randy Gradishar was one of the best. In fact, he may have been the best. After an All-American career in Columbus, Gradishar went on to a stellar pro career with the Denver Broncos and led the team to Super Bowl 12. But his days as a Buckeye remain special. And one of Gradishar’s most memorable moments was the 1973 game against Michigan, which is the topic of the BTN Originals documentary “TIEBREAKER” airing Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
Dennis Franklin vividly recalls many details from the 1973 Michigan football season when he played as the Wolverines quarterback. Why not? Michigan had a special team in a special season that forever changed the Big Ten, as documented in the BTN Originals film “TIEBREAKER” airing this Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
On Tuesday night’s #BTNLive, hosted by Mike Hall, Stanley Jackson and Jon Jansen, former Ohio State quarterback Cornelius Green (once “Greene”) talked about his perspective on the 1973 Ohio State-Michigan game, which will be featured in the upcoming BTN Originals documentary “Tiebreaker.” Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri also joined the show. Aranda told Hall who the unsung heroes of the Wisconsin defense are and talked about the challenge the unit faces this weekend against Indiana. Canzeri discussed his breakout performance against Purdue. Listen to all three interviews in this post.
Randy Gradishar walks off the elevator wearing a snappy sport coat from the 1974 Rose Bowl and a necklace of buckeyes draped around his neck. The former Ohio State linebacking great seems pleased with himself. “Check that out,” says former Michigan quarterback Dennis Franklin, eyeing Gradishar’s jacket. “Did you get that for going to the Rose Bowl?”
Ohio State’s Archie Griffin, the game’s only two-time Heisman Trophy winner, stopped by the BTN broadcast booth during the Ohio State-Purdue game Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. We asked Griffin about the memorable 1973 Ohio State-Michigan 10-10 tie, which BTN/BTN2Go will profile in a one-hour documentary called Tiebreaker. Watch our interview with Griffin now, and don’t forget to catch Tiebreaker at 7 p.m. ET Saturday, Nov. 16.
CHICAGO – BTN Originals will premiere Tiebreaker, the network’s first feature-length documentary, at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 16. Tiebreaker paints an indelible portrait of college football’s most storied rivalry and reveals a forgotten moment in college football history that helped shape today’s game.