Michigan Gives Michigan State the Respect (or Lack Thereof) They Deserve

Samantha CookeCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Michigan Wolverines players warm up for their game with the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Michigan Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Michigan State and their fans do not understand why the Michigan Wolverines do not give them respect. Every year, according to State, Michigan looks past the game and does not take it seriously.

Has anyone actually watched the football games over the years?

Since 2000, Michigan has beaten Michigan State seven out of nine times. The two losses? Everyone remembers "Spartan Bob" and the one-second magical play. State also won last year, when everyone beat Michigan and they had the worst season in their history.

In addition to winning against State, Michigan has won three Big Ten Titles (two shared), and been to eight bowl games.

Michigan State has won no Big Ten Titles and only been to four bowl games, winning only one.

If someone wants to argue that Michigan should not look past this game, I fully agree. They should not look past any game, including Eastern Michigan or Delaware State.

Michigan football needs to treat every game seriously and fight to the finish, especially this year. After that abysmal season last year, Michigan needs to have a great season to win back their fans.

As for the game on Saturday, Michigan has an explosive offense. They have the potential to score on any given drive. Michigan has scored over 30 points in their first four games.

On the other hand, they have also let in over 30 points to two different teams, Notre Dame and Indiana.

Michigan State has fallen back to their old ways. They looked good in their first game and have fallen apart their last three, losing to Central Michigan, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin.

Michigan State has the potential to upset the Wolverines, especially playing at Spartan Stadium. Look for this game to be a high scoring affair.

Unfortunately for the Spartans, Michigan's defense will step up when needed and their offense will never stop scoring points all game.

With Coach Dantonio switching quarterbacks constantly, the Spartans have lost momentum in several games. This will hurt them against a rival.

How will the game shake out?

Wolverines 40, Little Brother 30