The Michigan Wolverines play host to their in-state rival, the Michigan State Spartans, this Saturday in Ann Arbor.
It has been a miraculous season for the Wolverines thus far under the direction of new head coach Jim Harbaugh. In the past three games, the Wolverines defense has proven to be elite by shutting out all of their opponents.
They are hoping to carry that momentum over into this weekend against a Spartans side that has been lackluster this season.
With the Wolverines gaining steam and the Spartans proving to be stagnant, many people are predicting Michigan will come away with the big win. Even the ESPN FPI gives the Wolverines a great shot at winning.
Another person backing the Wolverines is former head coach Brady Hoke, who has predicted a Michigan win.
“Michigan State, they’re coming in this game limping a little bit from an injury standpoint, but I did like in just evaluating how (quarterback) Connor Cook played last week (at Rutgers), he threw for 357 yards,” Hoke said on SiriusXM, via the Detroit News. “I think matching their receivers will be the first test for Michigan’s defensive backs.
“Now, that (Michigan) pass rush and the way the front four is playing and the front seven, they’re playing awfully hard. I think this is going to be a great game. I think Michigan is going to win the game, but I also think this is exactly what Mark Dantonio and Michigan State (like). They feed off everyone talking about Michigan, and that’s just the way their makeup is.”
Michigan State has won six of the last seven meetings between the two teams, but that slump for the Wolverines could end this weekend.
With an energized program and great head coach, all signs point to Michigan pulling off a big win and contuining their climb up the rankings.
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