Dan Kilbridge said it well Wednesday night in the final minute of Penn State’s upset of Michigan.
“This won’t make Tom Izzo happy.”
Nope. Beyond the initial and perhaps natural twinge of excitement in seeing the Wolverines suffer, there was probably no joy for Michigan State’s coach in watching the U-M tumble in Happy Valley.
Previously winless in the Big Ten, the Nittany Lions upset fourth-ranked Michigan, 84-78.
That’d be Kilbridge’s ad lib in segment three about Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin still being in the Big Ten race.
The problem is, the show is filmed on Wednesday nights at Reno’s West in Lansing, wrapping up about the time the Wolverines had a 12-point lead.
Michigan, it turned out, is all but out of the Big Ten title picture, having suffered its fifth league loss, slipping two games back of Indiana.
From MSU’s perspective — maybe Izzo’s too — there is usually a warm feeling that comes with U-M’s failures. But it doesn’t help this Sunday.
Michigan was already going to be lying in wait, fired up to avenge a 23-point loss on Feb. 12 in East Lansing.
Now the Wolverines will also be in a foul mood.
It’s possible MSU simply is a matchup nightmare for the Wolverines and none of this emotional hullabaloo will matter.
But Wednesday night’s result in State College, Pa., as it pertains to this Sunday, doesn’t aid MSU at all.
If anything helps the Spartans, it’s that they’ve been humbled themselves since their victory over the Wolverines, with tough defeats to Indiana and Ohio State.
Neither team will be having any issues with inflated egos on Sunday.
For the loser, on either side, it’ll feel like the wheels are coming off. Even if they aren’t.