The Michigan vs. Michigan State game on Saturday is much more important than just a rivalry game. Both Big Ten schools are undefeated right now, and are trying to keep pace with the Ohio state Buckeyes at the top of the conference. There is a lot on the line Saturday, and it wouldn’t be overstating the match-up if we stated that there are BCS implications on this game. Both schools now sit at 5-0, and it has been quite a while since both schools were playing great at the same time. That could make this the game of the week in college football.
When we look at the 2010 Michigan State Spartans, they are certainly one of the surprise teams in the nation. They have two great quality wins against Wisconsin and Notre Dame so far, and are tied for first place in an extremely tough Big Ten Conference. Junior quarterback Kirk Cousins has thrown for 1,132 yards and nine touchdowns this season, and they also have two running backs that are right around 100 yards per game on the ground. The offensive attack for this team could be something that they will really need against the talented Michigan Wolverines.
Michigan also beat Notre Dame this year, and just finished taking Indiana out of the ranks of the unbeatens. It seems like years since Michigan was undefeated this far into the college football season, and they can thank sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson for that. So far in 2010, Robinson has 1,008 passing yards and 905 rushing yards, placing him among the top Heisman Trophy candidates this year. He is responsible for seven touchdown passes as well as eight more in the rushing game, and he has become a one-man wrecking crew on offense. He will of course become the key to the game against Michigan State.
This Michigan State vs. Michigan game is taking place at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, with kickoff set for 12:30 p.m. PT (3:30 p.m. ET) and it is a game that the whole country should be paying attention to. Michigan State is ranked No. 17 in the newest poll, with Michigan ranked No. 18, and both teams have a shot to really move up the polls next week. Now if Michigan State wins this game, they could very well finish the 2010 regular season undefeated. As they don’t play Ohio State this year, the Big Ten could have two undefeated teams at the end of the year, and wouldn’t that make things extremely interesting in the BCS standings. Wouldn’t that be fun.