Saturday, October 20, 2012
Final thoughts on Michigan/MSU
It ended the four-game losing streak to
on Saturday, 12-10. Michigan State
It wasn’t a pretty game and it was closer than some expected, but the Wolverines made the plays it needed to in order to win.
Is order restored? Has the balance of power shifted back to
Ann Arbor? Perhaps. At
least the bragging rights have returned to Michigan.
I wrote my column from the MSU angle of the game. Keep in mind, I was at the game with Pat Caputo. He covered the Michigan angle. I don’t want any accusations of favoritism because my column focuses on the Spartans.
The only way that the Spartans can lay claim to something in this rivalry is if it is accompanied by accomplishments that go outside of just beating
The same can be said for the Wolverines this year.
has a lot of championships and prestige to fall back on throughout its history,
but the Wolverines are still seeking to get back to a level of championship
The Rich Rodriguez era took the Wolverines back, which opened the door for
to move ahead and
claim bragging rights. That was supported by more than just wins against the
Wolverines, but also by the Big Ten title in 2010 and the Legends Division
title in 2011. Michigan
Michigan to really put
a stamp on this season and leave the Spartans in the rear view mirror, it needs
to make its way to Indianapolis
and play for, if not win, the Big Ten Championship.
Brady Hoke and the
players said that beating MSU was good but their goals are much greater than a
win over the Spartans.
Winning championships is what has separated
Michigan from in the past and will
be the only thing to separate the Wolverines from the Spartans in the future. Michigan
That’s the next big step for Brady Hoke and the program, to win a championship. This year seems to be
Michigan’s best shot in a while to do just