Michigan Football (4-0, 1-0) will host Michigan State (3-1, 1-0) on Saturday night at the Big House. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (ET) and the game will be televised on ABC. This will be the 110th meeting between the the Wolverines and Spartans. Michigan holds the lead in the series with a 69-35-5 record. However, Michigan State has won seven of the last nine games. Michigan is a 10-point favorite in this year’s matchup.
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There is no love lost between these two teams and this will be a knock-down, drag-out, brawl of game. You can forget about records and point spreads, none of that matters when these two teams get together. In the end, Michigan’s defense will be the difference. Keep an eye on Donovan Peoples-Jones this week. He could and should have an expanded role. DPJ has game-breaking speed and elite playmaking abilities. Michigan wins 23-13.
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MSU has a chance to win this game. A pretty decent chance. If this game is played three times, Michigan probably wins two of them, MSU one. Unfortunately, I think that this team on this day comes up just short. Michigan’s fourth field goal of the day wins it as the clock hits zero. Michigan 19, Michigan State 17.
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This Saturday night when the Spartans of Michigan State head to Ann Arbor for a night game with the No. 7 ranked Michigan Wolverines, I have no idea what will happen. But I do have a few hunches based on the history of this series.
Michigan State is dangerous when they have no external expectations. This season, there was no publication anywhere that predicted the Spartans to win the Big Ten East. They sit at 3-1 and have their typical nasty defense, they are third in the Big Ten in total defense. They are also third against the run and second against the pass in the conference.
Spartan quarterbacks have usually been the difference in their victories against the Wolverines. This season, Brian Lewerke, is second in the conference in total offense with just over 302 yards per game.
Look…I could sit here all day and throw numbers at you. My point can be made by simply saying this. It is a rivalry game. You can usually expect a few of the unnatural things to create havoc in games like this…a crazy bounce, a controversial call by the officials….or perhaps even a bad snap to a punter, on fourth down while nursing a two point lead in the waning seconds of a top 15 matchup, in front of a national audience the last time these two teams met in Ann Arbor……what?…am I still holding onto that?…yep..those kind of losses never leave you. Michigan beats Michigan State 29-21.
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Losing to Notre Dame might have been the best thing that could have happened to the young Spartans coming into the game in Ann Arbor this week. The loss to the Irish woke up Michigan State and the Hawkeyes took the abuse. Everyone knew it would be a defensive battle, but nobody expected the Spartan defense to hold Iowa to a mere 19 yards rushing. The Hawkeyes could only manage 226 total yards last week and the Michigan State defense is primed to visit Michigan on Saturday. Michigan’s defense has been extremely impressive this young season. Their offense – not so much. Saturday’s rivalry game will feature Brian Lewerke and the MSU offense v. that powerful Michigan defense. There is no reason to expect the Michigan offense to be able to move the ball effectively against Michigan State, so their fate will lie solely in that top ranked defense. If Michigan’s defense can create turnovers and/or score on their own, Michigan will win this game. If not, you’ll see little brother leaving with Paul Bunyan once again. Prediction: MSU 20 UM 21
Michigan and Michigan State get ready for their 110th meeting of all time at the Big House on Saturday. Like most years, it will be a very physical game that will be decided in the trenches. The Spartans and Wolverines are both ranked in the top five in total defense. This will be a low scoring game that is determined by field position and defense. Michigan State has won seven of their last nine games against the Wolverines, but I think it will take a swing towards Michigan this year. The Wolverine defense will keep them in control of the game like we’ve seen all season. John O’Korn will do just enough to keep Paul Bunyan in Ann Arbor. I have the Wolverines winning 23-13 under the lights at the Big House.
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The line for the Michigan-Michigan State showdown has been floating around the 12-13 range and that is much too high. This game has all the makings of a close, physical, hard fought rivalry showdown. I actually believe the Wolverines benefit having John O’Korn start, but neither offense will find a ton of success in this game. Both defenses have played well so far, both teams are motivated, and I expect a close game. Michigan’s defense is fast enough to keep Brian Lewerke’s legs contained. MSU has stopped the run well so far, and that has been UM’s best offense. I’m picking the Wolverines simply because I believe the home-field advantage will be enough, and Quinn Nordin is a stud. Michigan wins, 19-16.
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It’s finally here. The battle for Paul Bunyan takes place for the first time under the lights at Michigan Stadium. Michigan enters this game fresh off a bye week with a new starting quarterback. Michigan State heads into this game with momentum following a 17-10 win against Iowa.
Michigan looked offensively challenged once again on the road in West Lafayette. However, because of an injury to starting quarterback Wilton Speight, much heralded backup quarterback John O’Korn sparked some life into the Michigan offense. Michigan should look to carry over some momentum from the second half against Purdue. O’Korn looked more comfortable as the game went on and expect the tight ends to big part of the passing game. The running game as usual this season will likely struggle in the first half. However, the trend of wearing out opponents in the second half should lead to more holes for Ty Isaac and Chris Evans late in the game.
Michigan State is in a similar position to Wolverines – still searching for an identity on offense. The Spartans that will take the field on Saturday will look much different than Mark Dantonio teams in years past. The Spartans will try to move the ball by spreading out the Michigan defense and hit quick passes to an unproven wide receiver corp. They’ll also use Quarterback Brian Lewerke in run-pass options and zone reads in the run game.
The Michigan defense should be able to carry Michigan once again. Defensive coordinator Don Brown is an excellent game planner against spread offenses. Expect that trend to hold once again. The Spartans don’t produce many playmakers on offense. Neither offense will have much success moving the ball downfield. But, as in most rivalry games it will be close and will likely come down to the team that wins the run game and limits its turnovers. The home field advantage should be an asset to Michigan on this day. Michigan wins 17-13
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Mark Dantonio, since the day Mike Hart spouted off – uttering two infamous words, has continuously preached on the importance of this rivalry. There is not a doubt in my mind his team will be prepared and ready to go for this game. Michigan’s defense may get the slight edge, but Michigan State’s is not far behind.
Offensively, Michigan’s red-zone struggles are worrisome, though Quinn Nordin has been automatic this season. On the other side, the Spartans have shot themselves in the foot by turning the ball over at a high rate. I think that Michigan State needs to come out strong and hit them in the mouth early, much like they did with the big pass play against Iowa, and they will find themselves in this game late. He has had his struggles early this season, but in the big games LJ Scott has always found a way to shine. In this one, he runs one in for a game winning touchdown. MSU 21 UM 17
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Michigan should win this game, but anything can happen in rivalries. Both defenses have been playing well thus far while both offenses have shown flashes of brilliance and poor play. What this game is really going to come down to is offense. Now, I do believe the Spartans have the better offense, but they make a lot of mistakes. That is why I’m taking Michigan in this game. I think the Wolverines get a few takeaways and convert them into points, which will ultimately be the fate of the Spartans. I expect the game to be close, but Michigan wins at home. UM 23, MSU 17.
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The Spartans and Wolverines are statistically more similar than you may think. Leading into Saturday, both teams have ridden the backs of stingy defenses while the offensive units have been inconsistent in moving the ball. Both defenses rank in the top five in total defense and both offenses rank below 50th in the country in total offense.
The Wolverines have had lackluster offensive performances all season. They have kept teams in games for much longer than they should have before waking up and pulling away. Michigan State’s offense has failed to run the ball consistently and have a -4 turnover margin which is 108th in the country. They have used their strong defense to fend off opponents late in games.
The Wolverines bring the No. 1 defense in the country led by rising star, linebacker Devin Bush and arguably the best defensive schemer in college football in Don Brown into Saturday’s matchup. The Spartans bring to the Big House the fifth ranked defense in the country led by their rising star, linebacker Joe Bachie.
With two of the best defenses in college football playing on the same field, one of these offenses will have to make plays to win. With the game being in Ann Arbor, I see John O’Korn and the Michigan offense pulling away late with a couple second half touchdowns. Michigan-27, MSU-14
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When it comes to the Michigan vs Michigan State rivalry, past meetings and records leading up to the big game seemingly mean nothing. Take last season for example, when Jim Harbaugh’s undefeated Wolverines struggled putting away an abysmal 3-9 Michigan State team in East Lansing. The Spartans come in at 3-1 and the Wolverines sit at 4-0, but they’ll be a bit shorthanded at quarterback with Wilton Speight being out several weeks. John O’Korn looked impressive two weeks ago at Purdue, but Michigan’s offense has still yet to turn the page and I see both offenses being about on par with each other.
Quarterback Brian Lewerke is going to have to be able to make some big plays both through the air and with his legs when he has the chance and the Spartans will need to stay turnover free to stay in this game against a great Michigan defense ranking first in the country in total defense. If MSU can have a big game from any of the three running backs, I think their offense will be able to keep them in this game. Michigan’s defense and the speed and physicality they bring is something the Spartans haven’t seen all season and their front 7 (which could be the best in all of football) will give MSU’s young offensive line fits up front all game. If the Spartans can’t find a way to protect Lewerke and give him any bit of time to make throws, it’s going to be a long day for the MSU offense. Michigan is determined to not have a repeat of the game two seasons ago and they’ve got Playoff implications on the line, so I think the Wolverines pull this game out 24-13.
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Michigan State will not be able to run the ball against Michigan. Michigan will not be able to run the ball against Michigan State. That leaves us with an old-fashioned quarterback battle between two largely unproven signal callers.
Brian Lewerke’s legs have proven to be a real weapon, but his ability to throw the ball downfield hasn’t been there consistently. John O’Korn led UM to a win over Purdue and had some early career success at Houston, but he lost the quarterback battle to Wilton Speight for a reason.
In a battle of two of the Big Ten’s best defenses and two of the conference’s most enigmatic offenses, turnovers will likely decide the winner. MSU handsomely outgained Notre Dame two weeks ago, but lost the turnover battle 3-1 and were blown out. The Spartans didn’t turn the ball over against Iowa and were able to pull out the victory.
A couple of long scrambles by Lewerke and the reemergence of his connection with Darrell Stewart give the MSU offense a chance, but the Spartans lose the turnover battle 2-0 and drop a tough one under the lights in Ann Arbor. Michigan wins 17-14
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After a big, confidence boosting win against Iowa, the Spartans travel to Ann Arbor to take a shot at the Wolverines and their number one ranked defense in the country in a primetime matchup. The big news this week is that Wilton Speight is out for a few weeks at least, and backup John O’ Korn will be leading the Wolverines against the Spartans. Running the ball will be key for both sides, as in this rivalry the team that rushed better typically wins the game. Especially for the Spartans, rushing the ball will be a challenge, as the Wolverines own the first ranked rushing defense in the country. On defense, the Spartans should have a chance to make O’Korn uncomfortable, as the Michigan offensive line has looked questionable at times. Notably, the Wolverines rank 109 in the FBS in sacks allowed. This game has the potential to be a low scoring, defensive battle, as Michigan State is no slouch in the total defense category, ranked number five in the country. This week will be a great challenge for Michigan State, as the recent inability to run the ball means the weight will again fall on the shoulders of Brian Lewerke, in probably the biggest game of his career. Michigan will present easily the best defense Lewerke has ever seen, and in a hostile environment, that is a lot to ask from a redshirt sophomore. Michigan will win a close one in a low scoring affair. UM- 20, MSU- 13.
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When Michigan faces Michigan State under the lights tomorrow, expect a rowdy Wolverines crowd to be ready to go for the 7:30pm kickoff. The Wolverines officially possess the number one ranked defense in the nation, and I expect a big night from sack artisans Devin Bush and Chase Winovich. Michigan State has outplayed expectations in their first four games, but they will be handily overwhelmed by Don Brown and the Michigan defense in Ann Arbor. The home offense should do just enough to win Michigan this game against a tougher-than-expected Spartan team. Michigan wins 24-14