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MSU-Michigan GameDay: Spartans ready for drive for five in a row; Big Ten picks

The Paul Bunyan trophy has resided on Michigan State’s campus the past four years.

Chris McDonald and the rest of MSU’s seniors are driven to make it a fifth straight year and maintain an unblemished record against the Wolverines. And if they can emerge with a victory in Ann Arbor today, they will help the Spartans make history.

“To go undefeated playing against them means something huge,” Chris Norman said in July. “It’s something that hasn’t been done around here in a long time. That’s a little bit of history there, and it’s definitely something we want to keep up.”

Here is more on Solari’s piece about the Spartan seniors wanting to remain perfect against Michigan.

On the coaching side, Mark Dantonio has built a record of success against the Wolverines. He is just the second MSU coach to win four of his first five matchups against Michigan (Charlie Bachman is the other). Columnist Graham Couch touches more on Dantonio’s mastery in the rivalry in his piece.

Here are today’s MSU-Michigan matchups. And with rain in the forecast for today, that adds another intangible. As of 8 a.m. this morning, Weather.com was calling for between a 30 and 40 percent chance of showers in Ann Arbor during the window that the game is being played.

Here are predictions from Solari, Couch and I. And then our Paul Henderson also has video of students sounding off on the rivalry.

Also be on the look out for the Spartans by chance wearing a special helmet for today’s game. A image has surfaced the internet of one.

As far as our Big Ten predictions for this week, here they are.

Calloway’s picks
Minnesota at Wisconsin – Wisconsin
Purdue at Ohio State – Ohio State
Nebraska at Northwestern – Nebraska
Penn State at Iowa – Penn State
Indiana at Navy – Indiana

Solari’s picks
Minnesota at Wisconsin – Wisconsin
Purdue at Ohio State – Ohio State
Nebraska at Northwestern – Nebraska
Penn State at Iowa – Iowa
Indiana at Navy – Indiana

Away from football, Solari has coverage from the MSU hockey team rallying in the third period to beat Niagara for their first victory of the season. On the basketball front, ESPN recruiting analyst Dave Telep says Jabari Parker and working on players for future classes is the primary focus for MSU.

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10 Responses to MSU-Michigan GameDay: Spartans ready for drive for five in a row; Big Ten picks

  1. avatar Spartan in Los Angeles says:

    ” A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

    We need to have that party in Pasadena

    Go Green, we need to start the winning streak today.

  2. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    Brian, I’m pretty sure it should be “Here are predictions from Solari, Couch and me.” [I only nitpick because you're a writer with promise.]

    Props to Solari and the greenandwhite.com Twitter account for the copious updates on the hockey win. The MSU hockey fan base is broad, commited, highly enthusiastic, and very much underserved by media; this helps to bridge the gap.

    [Props to MSU hockey, too. That 20-4 shot advantage in the third borders on mind-blowing!]

    Just one thing left to say: GO GREEN! BEAT MICHIGAN!

  3. avatar Behind the green curtain says:

    Free weekend today I will be watching today and giving my spin on this for my fans tonight

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      It’s just me there Bunkie, I’m your only fan, except some out of work welfare recipient who claims to be your son, that is. He’s really upset that you squandered his inheritance, incidentally, claimed he had no job skills and how was he going to eat when you were gone.

  4. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Hey, Ger: Congrats to Vandy beating Auburn! Bet they don’t want to settle for 3rd.

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