Dienhart: Michigan State is back, following its latest win vs. rival Michigan
But they also set the tone for a wild month, promising more confusion atop one of college football's toughest divisions.
After a monumental win in Ann Arbor on Saturday night, the Spartans improved to 4-1 on the season and moved into the AP poll as the No. 21 team. This was a huge matchup for the rivals.
Following a MI fumble, Lewerke led a six-play, 46-yard scoring drive late in the first quarter as he split the middle of the Wolverine defense and dove into the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown run to give the Spartans a 7-3 lead. The lone loss: To a very good Notre Dame team.
Jermiah Hartfields is a Wolverine fan and he said MSU doesn't deserve threats and suggest people instead take that energy and serve it up in the game, "I think we should just beat them out on the field, and let us talk on the field" said Jermiah Hartfields. For all the MI fans who wanted to see O'Korn take over for the injured Wilton Speight, the senior looked like a quarterback who hadn't played regularly in almost three years and was making his first start of the season. Redshirt junior QB Wilton Speight went down with an injury at Purdue, and he's done for the year. He picked up the second one three plays later.
MI backup QB John O'Korn fills in again for the injured Wilton Speight. MI entered the year with an experienced quarterback, backs and left side of the offensive line.
Speight completed 44 of 81 for 581 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions before suffering the injury. He threw a 10-yard touchdown to backup quarterback Tommy Stevens in the second quarter and added a 5-yard TD run in the fourth. Some less charitable onlookers took the opportunity to insist MI is better off with O'Korn behind center. The Spartans have toppled MI eight times in a 10-year stretch for the first time in a series that dates to 1898.
"My dad had told me before the game to score as many points as you can in the first half", Lewerke said, "because the second half you're not going to be able to pass the ball".
Despite being today's underdogs, the Spartans have a good record against the Wolverines in recent history. Over the last 10 meetings, the Spartans are actually 7-3 overall and 9-1 against the spread. Karan Higdon gained 65 yards on 12 carries for the Wolverines (4-1, 1-1). It may be best to sit back and watch the game unfold Saturday night.
And historically the game between Michigan and Michigan State has been known to be a big party weekend, so Ann Arbor and campus police are preparing for the thousands that will transcend on the city and the big house. Eastern Time for live televised coverage. There's widespread live streaming available through WatchESPN website and mobile apps for cable or satellite subscribers who can access it. They didn't lead again against coach Mark Dantonio, who has figured out how to take control of a rivalry that has historically been tilted in Michigan's favor.
While those pieces are nice, Michigan State needs to stay healthy to have a chance in the Big Ten East. Depth was a major concern heading into the season, and the high number of unproven Spartans playing well at the moment could drop off at any moment. It didn't really need one. See more details through the Sling website. Viewers can choose the Sling Orange channel package which features 29 channels including ESPN3 for today's game.