Saturday, October 25, 2014

2014 Michigan Gameday #8: at Michigan State

Michigan rides a one-game winning streak--thanks to Penn State and a bye--into East Lansing for a tilt against the rival Spartans.  The Wolverines are 3-4 and continue to search for reasons to rise from the ashes while #8 MSU is 6-1 and shooting for the newly-created four-team playoff.

State has uncharacteristically won five of the last six games, though Michigan is 19-12 in the series during my lifetime, plus a dominating 68-33 (with five ties) overall.

2014 is also the 10-year anniversary of the Braylon game.  For most Michigan fans, you probably already know what I mean without saying anything else.  For the rest of you, that's one of the most famous entries in the entire series.  Unranked State gave the #12 Wolverines all they could, and were up by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter before the Henne-to-Braylon connection flipped the script.  In front of a smaller crowd--many had left dejectedly--the Wolverines pulled out a thrilled in triple OT with the winning TD caught by Edwards, who'd also nabbed two scores in the insane fourth quarter.

The roles are kind of reversed this year, but in rivalry series like this one, anything can and will happen.  I just hope the ghosts of the Michigan greats from the rivalry smile down on the Maize and Blue in East Lansing this afternoon.


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