The debate rages.
Where does the UM/MSU rivalry rank among Wolverines fans?
The answer is third.
First is UM/Ohio State. Ranked as possibly the greatest rivalry in all of sports it is the undisputed top rivalry for Michigan.
Second is UM/Notre Dame. Both teams are near the top of the all-time wins and winning percentage list with unmatched history and tradition to match.
Which leaves the UM/MSU as the third most important rivalry for the Wolverines.
But don’t shortchange the Spartans.
With three consecutive wins not to mention the emphatic thumping of the Wolverines 34-17 in the most recent contest, MSU backers definitely have a lot to be excited about.
Who knows at thus rate Coach Dantonio might even lead the Spartans to a bowl victory some day.
But one thing is for sure. Give the Spartans credit- they have solidified their position as the top football program in the State over the last three years. And unless Michigan can beat the Spartans next year in East Lansing the Spartans may be making a play to to be the top rivalry of the next 100 years of Michigan football.
Coach Rodriguez is fond of saying that he doesn’t worry about the past. Video Clip
But the past can be a great motivational tool for athletes. Watch the Spartans celebrate and listen to their fans at Michigan Stadium.
The score of the game and memories of the Spartan jubilation should rile up every Wolverine fan.
But we can’t do anything about it.
That’s up to the Wolverine players and Coach Rodriguez.
It’s time to remember, not to forget.