The new docuseries Rivals: Ohio State vs. Michigan explores the intense rivalry in college football between two teams offering viewers a unique perspective from legendary football players, sports journalists and announcers, scientists historians, and more. Among them are Archie Griffin, the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner; legendary players Dan Dierdorf and Keith Byars; broadcasters Rich Eisen (a rabid Michigan Wolverines fan) and Joel Klatt; historians Jack Park and John Bacon; and veteran journalists from Ann Arbor, MI and Columbus, OH, the respective homes of Michigan and Ohio State. The two-hour documentary special reveals the science and the conflict behind what makes this sports rivalry so compelling.

We were joined on the Popternative show bye executive producers L. Jon Wertheim (Tennis Channel reporter, 60 Minutes correspondent, Sports Illustrated senior writer) and Ken Solomon (Tennis Channel president) who talk about how the documentary came to be and how Academy Award Winner J.K Simmons got involved with the project in a narration capacity. Director Peter Karl (The Long Game, American Fútbol) also talked about what he really wanted to capture from this coveted college football rivalry as well why he loves working on sports documentaries. Finally, historian John Bacon explains what separates Ohio State vs. Michigan compared to other rivalries.

Rivals debuts in local markets throughout November across the Bally Sports regional sports networks (RSNs), Bally Sports+, Marquee and YES Network, along with the Sinclair broadcast stations, with a nationwide debut on Tennis Channel. The documentary also recently was broadcasted on the Big Ten Network.

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