MSU vs. UM football weekend: redemption or domination?

Oct 23, 2014

Universty of Michigan QB Devin Gardner sacked by Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun during the 2013 MSU-UM football game.
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The spotlight this week is on one of the deepest college rivalries in sports: Michigan vs. Michigan State.

The Wolverines will travel to Spartan Stadium this Saturday.

Michigan Radio's sports commentator John U. Bacon says the game means "survival" for Michigan. "Michigan has lost 6 out of the last 7 to the 'little brother' -- by the way, calling them little brother gets a bit old when they keep kicking your butt."

But, as Bacon explains, Spartans are just as hungry for this game as the Wolverines. The rivalry is so personal that people from outside the state sometimes don't get it. Plus, if they win this weekend, Spartans will have a real shot for the Big Ten title, a Rose Bowl berth, and even the national title.

With regard to the upcoming game, Bacon predicts the Spartans probably won't lose the game if they play their best. 

"Don't just watch the Spartan sideline because they'll not let up. Watch the Michigan sideline if they get behind. See if they start giving up. If that happens, the days are very much numbered for  coach Hoke and probably (Athletic Director) Brandon as well," says Bacon.

*Listen to our conversation with John U. Bacon above.