Spectacular in-state rivalry? Check.
One loss shared between both teams? Check.
Hyped up crowd with Nike Pro Combat jerseys? Check and check.
If you are looking for a serious Saturday showdown, look no further than the great town of East Lansing where the Michigan State Spartans square off against the Michigan Wolverines.
This game carries more storylines than The New York Times. Michigan State is looking to go four straight after former Michigan running back Mike Hart called MSU his "little brother" (if those words had calories, he would be 600 pounds by now). Michigan is hopeful to keep its undefeated streak going while Denard Robinson looks to keep his Heisman campaign running strong. And did I mention recruiting? Yeah, this game may have something to do with the in-state recruiting battle, too.
It's a game that will make or break either team's season. Will Michigan finally be exposed? Is Michigan State for real this year, too? And most importantly, who will be raising the Paul Bunyan Trophy at the end of the day?
For both teams to have a shot at Michigan bragging rights, they need to focus on these three keys to make this Saturday a classic.