Michigan-Michigan State: Five Predictions for Saturday's Game

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Michigan-Michigan State: Five Predictions for Saturday's Game
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Perhaps no fanbase has been more excited by Michigan's lapse into mediocrity over the past few years than Michigan State.

With articles on Bleacher Report like "The Top 10 Reasons to Hate the University of Michigan," it's clear that the Michigan State team and fanbase are hyped for this Saturday's showdown in the Big Ten.

Long looked down upon by Michigan's football program (their two main rivals are Ohio State and Notre Dame), Michigan State has a chance to beat Michigan for the third straight season.

This game is about more than bragging rights, however. Coming off an emotional win against Wisconsin, Michigan State looks primed to make a run at the Big Ten title.

Adding to Sparty's excitement will be the return of coach Mark Dantonio, who is expected to be in the Big House, though he is still recovering from a heart attack and blood clot.

For Michigan, a victory at home would signify a return to national prominence and move the heater a little further away from Rich Rod's seat. Michigan was in a similar position last year, only to have their hopes dashed by Michigan State en route to a disappointing 5-7 season.

Another big game by Denard Robinson may also solidify his status as a Heisman candidate. Though his numbers are staggering, they have come against relatively weak competition. A big game against State and Denard will be a bona fide superstar and Heisman contender.

Let's go ahead and take a look at five predictions for this game.

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