October 15, 2011; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver B.J. Cunningham (3) makes catch against the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium. Michigan State won 28-14. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE
The winner of this season's Michigan vs. Michigan State game could have a shot at the Big Ten Championship game, according to ESPN analyst Brian Griese.
The football rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State has grown past mere bragging rights for both teams now that the Big Ten is divided into two divisions. With both Michigan schools among the top programs in the Big Ten, their annual matchup has the added importance of impacting the race for the top spot in the Legends Division.
According to former Michigan quarterback and current ESPN analyst Brian Griese, the Spartans and Wolverines could decide which team represents the Legends Division in the Big Ten Championship when they meet on Saturday, Oct. 20.
"On the other side, you throw three teams (Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska) up in the air and any one of them can go to the championship game. As big a game as Michigan-Ohio State is at the end of the year, that Michigan-Michigan State game is going to go a long way in deciding who's going to represent that side of the conference. As we witnessed last year, Michigan State could have easily represented the conference in the Rose Bowl, so it'll be very competitive."
Griese was in Chicago to take part in the Big Ten's Media Day event.