This is hanging in the football office at Michigan State.
“You might as well just come out and say what you’re feeling at some point in time, because I can only be diplomatic for so long,” Dantonio continued. “The little brother stuff, all the disrespect, it doesn’t have to go in that direction. We’ve tried to handle ourself with composure. That doesn’t come from the coach. It comes from the program. And throwing the stake down in our backyard out here, and coming out there like they’re all that, it got … shoved, the last minute and a half. We were not gonna pull off of that.”
Mark Dantonio, October 25, 2014, following Michigan State’s 35-11 win against Michigan.
“It’s personal. It’s not his (Dantonio’s) job to stop Michigan State, it’s Michigan’s job to stop Michigan State. He’s sending a message to his team.”
They’ve had Michigan’s number since Lloyd Carr stepped down in 2007. While Michigan went and essentially sanctioned themselves for 7 years, Michigan State has thrived by playing just tougher football than Michigan has. But now, at least on paper, things have shifted dramatically in Michigan’s favor.
But in my mind, none of those numbers seem to matter. It’s still Michigan State, it’s still Mark Dantonio who thrives on being the underdog, and those things matter more than just numbers on a stat sheet.
This is personal. Like it always is, like it should be.
Anyone who doesn’t think the entire Michigan program hasn’t replayed those final 10 seconds from last year’s game over and over in their heads every day for the last year are simply insane. Anyone who doesn’t think these players haven’t remembered 2013 and 2014 are insane. Those losses hurt. And this team is on a mission to enact revenge. Most people expect Michigan to overwhelm the Spartans tomorrow…and that includes a lot of Michigan State fans.
A 24-point spread…in this game? Seems like a typo, but you look at the trajectory of these programs and it completely makes sense.
Regardless of the spread, NO WAY Michigan is looking past Michigan State just because of their 2-5 record. Records are meaningless. This isn’t about being overconfident. This is about revenge. This is about the last 8 years. Who cares what the final score is…I’m sitting here wondering if Michigan State will even have net positive rushing yards or enough first downs to count on two hands.
If Michigan shows up…against this Michigan State team, I think it’ll be a sight to see, I mean a sight to see.
This isn’t just another game. This is everything.