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#17 Michigan State (5-0) v. #18 Michigan (5-0)
It's rivalry week in Michigan. Michigan v. Michigan State. Michiganders need no further introduction to understand the importance of the match-up. Each autumn Michiganders display their allegiances as the Spartans and Wolverines clash for bragging rights for the next year.
This game means a lot to Michiganders. We grow up with it. You pick a side or your parents pick the side for you. You begin boasting and exercising bragging rights as early as grade school; arguing with the enemy (a.k.a. friends the rest of the year) on the school bus and the playground (some of my most intense MSU/UofM debates were on the school bus as a 4th and 5th grader).
Beginning with adolescence, the rivalry will escalate into pranks, bets, and eventually an arms race to see who can most prominently display their school colors on their car, yard, house, pets, children, etc...Once this begins, we never grow out of it.
I cannot escape the rivalry and the dragging rights of the game out here in Arlington, VA. On Saturday morning, a few hours before the teams kick-off in Ann Arbor, I'll lead a team of Michigan State alums against Michigan alums in a game of flag football in Washington DC. (Disclosure: I bleed Green and White. Further disclosure: the QB for the UofM alumni flag football team is an Ohio State alum).
More coverage after the jump...
The excitement and hype for Saturday's game continues to grow, and to help feed your insatiable appetite in preparation for Saturday we've collected some great links from across the world wide web on the history of the rivalry and story lines for the game this Saturday.
- Lynn Henning, of the Detroit News, is counting down his five favorite games from the rivalry in the last 25 years: Monday featured the 2004 triple overtime thriller starring Braylon Edwards in Ann Arbor; Tuesday, the 2001, infamous last second MSU touchdown victory (a.k.a. "clockgate); today, Lynn revisited the 1995 Spartan victory at Spartan Stadium.
- The Grand Rapids Press takes a look at some of the most controversial games in the rivalry's history (with video).
- Adam Rittenberg, on the ESPN.com Big Ten football blog, has posts on MSU QB Kirk Cousins finding his comfort zone and UofM Denard Robinson show.
- "Can't keep me down Michigan week," stated MSU head coach Mark Dantonio at his press conference yesterday. Dantonio has been cleared by doctors to coach from the press box.
- Lost amongst the "shoelace" show, Michigan's 5-0 start, and Mark Dantonio's health problems has been Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez's place on the hot seat this season. Fortunately, Dan Wetzel at Yahoo! Sports is here to remind us that the pressure is all on Rodriguez Saturday.