Coach Brady Hoke has talked about winning the Big Ten title ever since replacing Rich Rodriguez. Now in his third season at Michigan, Hoke has in-state rival Michigan State blocking the Wolverines’ path in achieving that goal.
The Spartans enter the game with the top-ranked defense in the country while the Wolverines offense has struggled to block consistently all season. Add to the mix that Michigan has struggled on the road under Hoke and it’s obvious that this game represents a major challenge.
The Wolverines, who enter the game as an underdog, will need to find consistency on both offense and defense, something that has eluded them all season.