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Videos, Stories for Michigan vs. Michigan State Week

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To the rest of the country, Michigan vs Michigan State is just a heated Big Ten rivalry. Other states have them, and so do other leagues. Such rivalries, whether it be Florida State vs. Miami , Oklahoma vs. Texas, or USC vs. Notre Dame, have built college football into the monster it is today.

But in Michigan, where I’m from, the Spartans vs. Wolverines is a holiday. It’s something special and unique for college fans in the Midwest.

Really, the entire week is cause for celebration–especiall for Michigan fans, who are hoping to see their team win for the first time since 2012. By now, you’re well aware that Michigan State has won six of the past eight series meetings. By now, you’re aware that the Spartans are looking for another three-peat. But by now, you also know that the Wolverines are a little different than they were years ago.

Today, Jim Harbaugh, Ann Arbor’s favorite son, controls the program. Right now, Harbaugh has the No. 12-ranked Wolverines playing like a Big Ten contender–and they’re riding the momentum of three straight shutouts for the first time since 1980.

A win over No. 7-ranked Michigan State wouldn’t only appease Wolverines fans, it’d put Michigan in position to possibly contend for a spot in the CFB Playoffs.

Game info: Televised on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. ESPN College Gameday will be there. Spartans (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten), Wolverines (5-1, 2-0 B1G).

But before any of that can be entertained or discussed, the Wolverines–who hold a 68-34-5 series edge–need to get past the Spartans, who haven’t been shut-out in 15 years. Michigan did it, actually–back on Oct. 21, 2000 (14-0).

Let’s start with the best #MichiganStateVsMichigan hype video out there. Major props to Kevin Kent, who continues to set the bar for Wolverines-era, Harbaugh-inspired YouTube sensations.

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Jedd Fisch discusses his calm, cool quarterback–Jake Rudock

Michigan DL coach Greg Mattison discusses his line, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook

Michigan junior cornerback Jourdan Lewis explains coverage techniques as they relate to Cook

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