SITM’s Michigan -Michigan State week: We’ll be breaking down the Spartans and Wolverines (more than usual) all week

Mark Dantonio smelled roses in January. Will he smell victory Saturday vs. Michigan in East Lansing? Probably. 

Mark Dantonio smelled roses in January. Will he smell victory Saturday vs. Michigan in East Lansing? Probably. 

Michigan State’s 56-17 win Saturday over Indiana provides an easy transition into rivalry week. It was exactly what the Spartans (6-1, 3-0) needed to do before colliding with the Wolverines (3-4, 1-2) on Oct. 25 in East Lansing. 

Sports in the Mitten will have coverage all week, from both sides, as everyone  prepares for the Big Ten’s in-state classic. That said, check the blog and podcast for interviews, debate, stats, and everything else we can come up with. 

What to know: 

Michigan State has won five of the past six. Michigan’s last victory came in 2012, a 12-10 snoozfest capped by Brendan Gibbons’ left-footed heroics. 

Prior to that, the Wolverines won 28-24 in 2007 in East Lansing, which will forever be known as the game that really pissed off Mark Dantonio.

Mike Hart’s “little brother” comment didn’t rub the Spartans coach the right way. Since then, he’s dropped quotable gems on the regular. Look forward to those. I’m keeping my ears on high alert for anything that has to do with snakes in the grass/weeds/backyard and how pride comes before the fall.

But that’s just me. 

Hmm..what else? Brady Hoke is 1-2 vs. Dantonio and entered the year with a record of 26-13 (15-9 Big Ten) at Michigan. He’s 3-4 (1-2) thus far in 2014. 

Spartans QB Connor Cook is 18-2 (11-0 B1G) as a starter. 

A Quick Series Recap (UM leads 68-33-5)

Longest streak: The Wolverines dominated in the dawn of time, stringing together 14 straight over the Spartans from 1916-1929. Michigan State’s best is four in a row, most recently achieved from 2008-2011. However, Michigan State, once a premier national power, owned the ’50s and ’60s with a series record of 14-4-2. 

Some numbers go up, some numbers fall down. That’s been the story of late. 

2007 in EL: UM 28, MSU 24

2008 in AA: MSU 35, UM 21

2009 in EL: MSU 26, UM 20 (Larry Caper’s moment in the sun)

2010 in AA: MSU 34, UM 17

2011 in EL: MSU 28, UM 14

2012 in AA: UM 12, MSU 10

2013 in EL: MSU 29, UM 6 (one point for each Devin Gardner sack)

2014 in EL: Predictions to come this week. But for now, I’m using 33-12 as my starting point. However, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Spartans hold Michigan to less. 

Or to see them score more. 

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