The Michigan State Spartans have been referred to as the Michigan Wolverines‘ “little brothers” for the last few months. But, Week 10 of the college football season showed exactly who the “big brother” in this rivalry really is. Michigan was stomped by Michigan State on Saturday by a final score of 29-6, yet the game was even more lopsided than the box score can suggest.
The visiting Wolverines were held to negative 48 rush yards. As in, Michigan finished the game with a total of minus 48 yards on the ground. It’s evident that the Spartans are hardly the “little brothers” in this in-state rivalry. Nonetheless, the story from this game is more about Michigan State’s prospects moving forward more than it’s about Michigan’s ineptitude.
With a win on Saturday; Michigan State solidifies itself as the team to beat in the Big Ten‘s Leaders Division. If the Spartans can continue to play well, then a date with the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2013 Big 10 Championship Game could be on the horizon. The Buckeyes are seemingly locks to win the Legends Division with a perfect 9-0 record. While Michigan State was impressive against the hapless Wolverines, let’s hold off on calling the Spartans the “kings of the conference” until they square off with the Buckeyes this winter.