One last rivalry game in the Big House for the broadcaster, Michigan legend Jim Brandstatter

ANN ARBOR, me. – Saturday in the Big House is the 117th meeting between Michigan and Ohio State.

Both sides know the story. But few know better than Jim Brandstätter.

There is a lot of soccer history between Michigan and Ohio State. The rivalry has been played for more than a century. The Wolverines and Buckeyes have been fighting for it since 1897. Saturday is marbles for everyone.

Jim Brandstatter was part of the rivalry from 1969 to 1972, playing for Bo Schembechler. It was the 1969 game when the Wolverines defeated the country’s No. 1 team.


After graduating from high school, Brandstätter began his broadcasting career. He’s seen some crazy things over the years. He said he couldn’t pick a game out of the rivalry, but he could remember moments.

Everything is at stake on Saturday. A trip to the Big Ten championship game, a possible place in the college football playoffs for Jim Harbaugh – who still hasn’t beaten his hated rival as a coach.

Brandstätter said from his place in the press box that it was his job to bring the passion and enthusiasm he felt to the audience. He’s been doing this for 43 years. This will be his last show from the Big House.

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