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.
#23 Michigan vs. Michigan State
(4-2, 2-0 Big Ten)
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U-M leads, 67-32-5Last Meeting
Michigan State 28, Michigan 14
(10/15/11 – East Lansing, Mich.)
(4-3, 1-2 Big Ten)
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Michigan State Celebrates with the Paul Bunyan Trophy
Michigan State Fans Taunt Wolverines
Up until this point he could do no wrong.
He dismissed the initial doubts of many by luring Greg Mattison to be his defensive coordinator.
He talked and acted like Michigan coach should.
He spoke of coaches taking responsibility, of his team needing to out-tough opponents.
And the dominoes fell; Western, Notre Dame, Eastern, San Diego State, Minnesota, and Northwestern.
By Andy Andersen
Saturday the Michigan State Spartans’ defense overwhelmed the Denard Robinson led Wolverine offense to notch their fourth straight victory over the Wolverines, and to notch Brady Hoke’s first loss as the Wolverine head football coach.
We should not be over eager to condemn Denard Robinson. The 7 sacks the Wolverines endured indicates that it was not the best game that the offensive line has had this year, although it is perplexing that Denard could not get rid of the ball more than he did.