Although we are six days away from the 2010 edition of the Michigan-Michigan State game, it's already safe to say that the rivalry hasn't seen a matchup this big in quite some time. The hype for this battle of 5-0 teams is just getting started, but on paper the records speak for themselves.
Michigan and Michigan State enter the battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy both undefeated for the first time since the 1999 season. With Nick Saban still head coach of the Spartans, 5-0 MSU defeated 5-0 Michigan, 34-31, in front of a charged up Spartan Stadium crowd.
The last time the Wolverines and Spartans were both ranked going into this game was in 2003. Michigan was 11th and 12th in the polls and Michigan State was 9th and 10th. The Wolverines had a 7-2 record, whereas Michigan State was 7-1. Chris Perry rushed the ball 51 times for 219 yards in the '03 game, leading Michigan to a 27-20 victory at Spartan Stadium.
The new rankings aren't out just yet for the upcoming week, but Michigan and Michigan State both figure to be in the top 20 of all the major polls. Between that, the 5-0 records and the possibility of College GameDay making the trip to Ann Arbor for this game, there is going to be a lot of hype surrounding this huge matchup basically from now until well into next Saturday night.
Below is the important info for next Saturday's game:
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010
- Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- TV: ABC/ESPN (reverse mirror)
- Location: Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
- Announcers: Unconfirmed, but most likely Sean McDonough and Matt Millen (talk about a slap in the face to the state of Michigan)
And in case you need a reminder about how Michigan and Michigan State both got to be 5-0, below is a look at their schedules so far.
Michigan Wolverines (5-0, 1-0)
Sept. 4 - vs. UConn - Won, 30-10
Sept. 11 - at Notre Dame - Won, 28-24
Sept. 18 - vs. UMass - Won, 42-37
Sept. 25 - vs. Bowling Green - Won, 65-21
Oct. 2 - at Indiana - Won, 42-35
Michigan State Spartans (5-0, 1-0)
Sept. 4 - vs. Western Michigan - Won, 38-14
Sept. 11 - vs. Florida Atlantic - Won, 30-17
Sept. 18 - vs. Notre Dame - Won, 34-31 (OT)
Sept. 25 - vs. Northern Colorado - Won, 45-7
Oct. 2 - vs. Wisconsin - Won, 34-24
SB Nation Detroit will have comprehensive coverage of the Michigan-Michigan State game both in this StoryStream and around the site, so be sure to keep checking in all week long for all of the latest news about the 2010 edition of the battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy.