It’s all about Michigan this weekend as the Michigan Wolverines travel to Spartan Stadium to battle the Michigan State Spartans. Expect to hear some boos when Michigan takes the field Saturday in Spartan Stadium. The Wolverines might be loved in Ann Arbor but just up the road in East Lansing, the football team is absolutely hated – and they love it.
“Just stepping in there and getting all the boos, I think it’s sometimes better than cheers.” said Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan.
The Michigan State Spartans have been undefeated at home this season. “We have our goals, just like everybody else,” said coach Mark Dantonio. “And among our goals is to be in that championship game and then to win it.”
The Wolverines traveled to Connecticut for their first road game of the year. They came off with a slow start but in the end they came away with a three-point win. However, their road trip to Penn State was not so good. The Nittany Lions handed Michigan their first loss of the season in four overtimes.
Michigan was not able to show a true offensive identity in either one of those games. However, there’s one thing that is for sure and that’s the Wolverines are going to need to play their best game of the season against MSU as they’re giving up just 12 points and 55 rushing yards per game.
Defensively, Michigan is going to pull together and overcome their communication issues, which has been a problem in their previous road games. That’s been a main focus of practice this week according to defensive coordinator Greg Mattison.
“You have to over-coach that in a game like this,” Mattison said. “You have to make sure than any check or any adjustment that happens on that field has got to be communicated louder and more emphatically than ever. Games like this go down to communication sometimes. You have to have everybody on the same page when you’re playing in these kinds of games.”
Who will be victorious this week in College Football? We’ll find out Saturday in Spartan Stadium.