In the much anticipated in-state showdown between Michigan and Michigan State, the Spartans scored on five straight possessions en route to a dominating 34-17 win over their arch rival Wolverines. In short, just about everything we knew about Michigan State was confirmed, as was everything we knew about the Michigan defense. Despite moving the ball effectively, the Wolverines were plagued by turnovers and unable to generate points in the red zone.
Michigan State proved decisively that it was the better team. It imposed its will on both sides of the ball, and is clearly in the hunt for a Big Ten title. Michigan, on the other hand, will have to wait another year to beat Sparty, and need to regroup in a hurry if it hopes to have a chance again Iowa, Wisconsin, and Ohio State.