U of M VS. MSU
By: Annie Reed
Michigan vs. Michigan State They first met in 1898. Many say they are one of the biggest rivalries in the country. It is the rivalry of the state of Michigan. The game we’ve all been waiting for, The Michigan-Michigan State game.
Very rarely do people say “I love them both!” It’s either U of M or MSU. Kirk Cousins, the Michigan Sate quarterback, said in the October 11th Press Conference: “Ultimately, I said it before, I’m for you, but I’m not for your wife and kids. The bottom line is you’re either for Michigan State and for Kirk, or you’re not. There is no in between. I think this game is a perfect example of that, and that’s why it’s so personal for me and the guys.” Both teams describe this game as The Big One. The University of Michigan quarterback, Denard Robinson describes his first Michigan v. Michigan State game; “My freshman year, you walk down there [to the field] and it was big. I remember thinking to myself, this is why I came to college football. This is why I came to the University of Michigan- for big games like this.”
Although some rivalries can become out of hand, the players and coaches, from both teams, keep the game civilized. Both teams have respect for one another and know this rivalry can bring a lot of positive attention to their team. “Michigan State’s defense is extremely talented and aggressive, and very well motivated. Those kids play with a fire to them. The whole team is very well coached. I have a lot of respect for Mark Dantonio. They are going to be a physical presence.” University of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke told the press.
After a very long era of Michigan dominance, Michigan State is trying to turn this around. Cousins explained, “I think we’ve talked about as a senior class, when we came here as freshmen, talked about painting the state green and trying to in our five years here, really turn the tide of the state to at least make it 50 50 or more. We really want to put Michigan State on the map again. Right now the focus is going out and trying to beat Michigan this year and this year alone.”
Michigan is also hoping for a bright future and a turn around. With their new coach Brady Hoke, they have high hopes for a successful season. Hoke says they have a long road ahead of them and that he is excited for the rest of the season. Michigan and Michigan State– one great history, two hopes for a great future.
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