Mark Dantonio wants to make it abundantly clear there is no lingering animosity between him and the coaching staff at Ohio State.
If No. 10 Michigan State can slay No. 2 Ohio State in the championship game Saturday, Dantonio wants the Spartans in the national title conversation.
Seemingly unimpressed with the question posed as he walked off the field at half-time – a dismissive Spartan Head Coach, Mark Dantonio, tells the reporter to ask him another question.
With a win, Michigan State (8-1, 5-0) would clinch at least a share of the division championship.
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The Michigan State defense did much more than simply live up to its reputation Saturday.
Michigan always expected to defeat Michigan State. It still does, but that is not so easy anymore.
As if there weren’t already enough riding on the outcome — bragging rights, an upper hand in recruiting, national rankings and just a general dislike of the opponent — Saturday’s Michigan at Michigan State game also could decide who plays in the Big Ten championship game.
“Just because you like somebody in the family doesn’t mean you like the whole family,” Dantonio said.
The vaunted Michigan State defense delivers plenty of hits. Saturday it took one.