MI won last year's meeting 32-23 in East Lansing. This developed from quarterback Brian Lewerke, who threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns. It's also a game that the Wolverines can't afford to lose is they want to be in the playoff race and contend for the Big Ten title.
MI is 4-0 this season and has been even more impressive than MSU as their defense ranks #1 in yards allowed at 203 per game and #8 in points at 13.5 per game. As Michigan's coach two years ago, he watched from the sideline as his team botched a punt that would've sealed a win against Michigan State and a potential win turned into an improbable loss as time expired.
The Wolverines lead the all-time series against the Spartans 69-35-5, but MSU has won seven of the last nine. It ends up being a defensive battle, with the Spartans pulling off the upset on the road. The Spartans' defense could prove to be too much for a Wolverines offense that has struggled throughout the beginning part of the season.
Against Purdue, quarterback John O'Korn took over for the injured Wilton Speight, who is out indefinitely.
SHUTTING IT DOWN: Michigan has not allowed its first four opponents to score in the fourth quarter and is allowing just 13.5 points per game.
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Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.