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.
“I know we’ll be ready to go on Saturday,” Hoke told the media at his Monday press conference. “You’re playing for a state championship.”
Rivalry wins have eluded Hoke since he arrived in Ann Arbor in 2011. He has beaten Michigan State once in three attempts (2012), and last season’s game was about as ugly as they come: a 29-6 win for the Spartans in East Lansing.
If Hoke wants to keep his job as head coach of the Wolverines, this is a state championship his team must win on Saturday afternoon.