Today is another chapter in the Michigan vs Michigan State football rivalry. As the sports “mouths” like to say, “It doesn’t get any bigger than this.” However, this time, the words are fitting for the Mitten State rivalry game. Let’s take a closer look at the history of this day and of the football series between Michigan and Michigan State.
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Interestingly, Michigan vs Michigan State football games have been played three times on October 7th. All three of those matchups were played in Ann Arbor and the Wolverines prevailed in every game. Check it out:
Once again, it appears that history is on Michigan’s side when they play on the seventh day of October. Here is a little more history about Wolverine Football on this date.
Today’s game is the 110th edition of the Michigan vs Michigan State football rivalry. This is the most hyped and anticipated game in many years. And, it promises to be a record setter for many reasons. In case you haven’t heard, it is the first night game in the history of the series. I predict that it will also be a record-setter for attendance. Look for the crowd to be close to 116,000 people! Wow, the fourth series game on October 7th promises to be one for the ages!
The first game between Michigan and Michigan State was played in Ann Arbor in 1898. The Wolverines defeated the farmers from Michigan Agricultural College (MAC) by a score of 39-0. Michigan’s first loss against the Aggies took place in 1913 – with a score of 7-12. The last game between these two Big Ten rivals was October 29, 2016. Michigan won that game by a score of 32-23.
The Wolverines command the series with an advantage of 69 wins, 35 losses and 5 ties. Michigan could be the first team to win 70 games in the series. Michigan is ranked #7 today, but Sparty is unranked. In games played in Ann Arbor where Michigan is the only ranked team, their record is stellar at 16 wins and 4 losses. The numbers tell us that Michigan has an 80 percent chance of winning today while Michigan State has a 20 percent chance to spring another upset in Ann Arbor.
Finally, the last “UM-MSU “rival” game at Michigan Stadium took place on October 17, 2015. The Spartans called it one of their greatest victories – period! Most Wolverines simply refer to it as the “Ten Second Nightmare!” That’s all I am going to say about that one. We have seen the replay a thousand times and ABC will be sure to show it twenty-more times on Saturday night. Believe me, Michigan’s players are ready to move on and put that game in the “MSU was lucky to win it” category!
So far, Michigan and Michigan State have played a total of one-hundred and nine games. Check out the series numbers below:
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History is definitely on Michigan’s side in this series and the numbers really favor the Wolverines in Ann Arbor.
In addition to sixty-nine wins over the Spartans, Michigan players have had some record-setting performances against the Green and White. Here are some of the most memorable Wolverine performances against Michigan State when both teams face off in Ann Arbor:
Yes, some of the greatest plays and biggest milestones in Michigan Football history have occurred against the Michigan State Aggies/Spartans. Let’s hope something magical happens against the Green and White today as well!
At this point in the 2017 season, Michigan and Michigan State are both playing well. Each team is perfect in the Big Ten. Michigan’s record of 4-0 has them sitting as the seventh ranked team in the country. Meanwhile, Sparty, at 3 wins and 1 loss, has already matched the victory total for 2016. This is truly a HUGE game for both teams. The team that loses will likely be out of the Eastern Division championship race. Yes, there is a lot riding on the outcome of this historic game. Of course, game #110 in series history will be a “history maker” since it is the first night game in series history.
As of this writing, Michigan is a ten-point favorite, but that is seven points less than they were earlier this week. I think it will be close for most of the game, but Michigan will prevail. Of course, a Spartan win today would be huge, but I don’t think it will happen.
I do think that Michigan State will give the Wolverines all they can handle. However, Michigan is the better team and they will find a way to win. I’m looking for a decisive win in the first night game in this historic rivalry. The only thing I am really concerned about tonight is the weather. With threats of rain, high winds and thunderstorms in the area, it could be a lot like the season opener in 2011 against Western Michigan. Michigan won the game, but it had to be stopped twice, and ended early, because of the weather. It could be a wild night at the Big House and definitely a nightmare for Warde Manual and Mark Hollis. I truly hope that everything goes well on and off the field.