Michigan Wolverines Vs. Michigan State Spartans: The War In Ann Arbor

Matthew WilderContributor IOctober 6, 2010

Denard Robinson has thrown only one interception this season.
Denard Robinson has thrown only one interception this season.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

There are several exciting games this Saturday. The most exciting matchup could be in the Big Ten Conference as the surprise team # 18 Michigan Wolverines will take on the another undefeated team, the #17 Michigan State Spartans in "The Big House" at 3:30 p.m. The Spartans are coming off what may be an upset win over Wisconsin and Michigan fought hard for a 42-35 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. Two explosive offenses will be battling it out for the win.

Many college football fans have asked questions about Michigan's defense and that's understandable. The true strength of Michigan is the offense, led by the sensational quarterback Denard Robinson, who is on the candidates list for the Heisman trophy. He completed % 69.8 of his passes for 1,008 yards and 7 touchdowns. He threw only one interception this season. Robinson is also the rushing leader for the Wolverines carrying the ball for 905 yards and 8 touchdowns. He averages 181 rushing yards per game.

Roy Roundtree has also been a real treat for Michigan, hauling in 25 receptions for 337 yards and 2 touchdowns. He averages 13.5 yards on each reception.

Michigan State's offense is led by quarterback Kirk Cousins. He completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 1,132 yards and 9 touchdowns. He threw 4 interceptions this year.

Running back Edwin Baker leads the team in rushing, carrying the ball for 536 yards and 5 touchdowns. He averages 107.2 yards per game.

Mark Dell leads the Spartans in receiving, hauling in 16 receptions for 263 yards and 1 touchdown. He averages 16.4 yards per reception.

Here is how the teams rank on offense and defense

Michigan Offense

Rushing 324.4 (3)

Passing 240.6 (38)

Overall (2)

Michigan State Offense

Rushing 220.7 (20)

Passing 240.4 (39)

Overall (23)

Michigan Defense

Rushing 125.8 (36)

Passing 307.8 (113)

Overall (100)

Michigan State Defense

Rushing 101.2 (20)

Passing (73)

Overall (39)

*Stats gathered from cbssports.com