Michigan vs Michigan State: This year Michigan vs Michigan State game is a day away and there’s a lot on the line for both teams. American college football rivalry between the University of Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State University Spartans. The winner of each year’s game receives the Paul Bunyan Trophy.
Event: College Football
Team: Michigan vs Michigan State
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Game Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Michigan State vs Michigan will kick off at noon Saturday in East Lansing. It’s been one of the best rivalries in college football since Jim Harbaugh arrived in Ann Arbor. At No. 6 in the country, it might seem like Michigan is already a national championship contender. But until it can get past Michigan State, it hasn’t earned that title.
The Wolverines have struggled to get past the Spartans the past few years when Harbaugh had them on the brink of championship contention. This year, all that can be put to rest with a win in East Lansing. If Michigan carries a seven-game winning streak into the bye, with wins over Wisconsin and Michigan State, it will be squarely in the mix for a Big Ten title and the College Football Playoff.
Michigan State always plays its best game as an underdog — just like James Franklin and Penn State, which had its conference title hopes crushed last weekend. Michigan has enough talent to handle Michigan State, but that’s been the case multiple times throughout the last few years. MSU always plays its best game in this rivalry, and it’s time for Michigan to return the favor.
Michigan played one of the ugliest games of the Harbaugh era against Michigan State last year, committing five turnovers, dropping passes and ultimately losing at home as a huge favorite. This season, the offense is much improved, and if the Wolverines can fix those mistakes, they should be in good shape.
It’s on the road. It’s a rivalry game. It’s Michigan State. Those have been three thorns in Michigan’s side over the last decade. Combine them with the fact that MSU is coming off a road win against Penn State and this weekend is shaping up to be a difficult test. The Wisconsin win was huge for Michigan, but one over Michigan State would be even bigger.