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Mark Dantonio has made the Michigan Wolverines his No. 1 target since taking over in East Lansing.
The Michigan Wolverines have not beat the Michigan State Spartans since 2007 and this game will likely decide who wins the Legends Division in 2012, which is why it comes in at No. 1 on the list of the maize and blue's most important remaining games.
The Spartans have made Michigan their little brother for the past four years and Wolverine fans have undoubtedly grown sick and tired of Michigan State fans holding up four fingers in passing.
Both teams are likely to drop at least one game in Big Ten Conference play this season, and that means having the advantage in the head-to-head tiebreaker will be vastly important.
The Wolverines have made it clear from the start of the season that their top priority is winning the Big Ten title and unless Michigan finds a way to top the Spartans, this season will more than likely be stuck on the couch watching their in-state rival play for the conference crown.
For a much more detailed account of why this will be the most important game the Wolverines will play this season, click here to view an article I put together on the subject earlier this summer.