One of the great rivalries of college football will renew its series this Saturday afternoon when the Michigan Wolverines travel to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans. This is a series that dates all the way back to 1898 with Michigan holding a 68-33-5 record over the Spartans. Recently, however, Michigan State has bounced back to claim five of the last six. This Saturday when these two programs meet for the 107th time, it will be Michigan State that holds a clear advantage over the Wolverines.
Week 8 is all finished, in case you missed any of the action around the Big Ten, here are your scores and notable stats. Remember: Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn State and Illinois were all on a bye week.
The in-state rivalry between the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans isn’t taken lightly. In recent years, the Spartans have dominated the series, taking five of six from the Wolverines. On Monday afternoon Brady Hoke compared this intense rivalry to playing for a state championship.
While Michigan football head coach Brady Hoke shortened up his answers for the media on Monday afternoon, he did confirm that quarterback Devin Gardner was a “full go” in practice on Sunday, which is great news for the Wolverines as they prep to travel to East Lansing to face Michigan State.
Largely considered to be Brady Hoke’s largest and most impressive recruiting find is Jabrill Peppers, a physical nightmare who is capable of playing both sides of the ball. Michigan has opted to stick him in the nickel for now and use him as a punt returner, but a few injuries later, we really don’t have any idea what Peppers is capable of doing and how useful he could be to this team.
The University of Michigan Central Student Government (CSG) President, Bobby Dishell, told the Board of Regents on Thursday, “The athletic department has broken its trust with the student body.” That sentence perfectly sums up the tenure of Dave Brandon as athletic director.