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.
Michigan State might be one of the only teams in the country that, two games into the schedule, still has four contenders for the starting spot.
After another uninspiring win as a heavy favorite, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was asked if his quarterback situation is any more settled.
If the Spartans offense can pull it together, it could be an impressive season.
Fifth-year senior Andrew Maxwell will be Michigan State’s starting quarterback for Friday night’s opener against Western Michigan.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says he cannot reveal which of the four quarterbacks competing for the Spartans’ starting job will take the first snap in the opener.