The Spartans have owned the Michigan, Michigan State rivalry the past four seasons, not allowing Michigan to taste victory since 2007. However, all of that will change Saturday, as there are three reasons why Michigan State will fall to Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Michigan has one last shot to impress an elite recruit who is visiting the Wolverines this weekend: According to recruiting expert Sam Webb of the Detroit News, star running back Derrick Green (Richmond, Va., Hermitage High School) will attend the rivalry game this Saturday. He is the No. 16 recruit in the nation, holding offers from almost every elite college football team. It is imperative the Wolverines give him the red-carpet treatment this weekend and getting a win would help show Green that Michigan is truly an elite program.
Denard Robinson has critics to prove wrong in wake of his recent draft grade: Angelique Chenglis wrote Friday that NFL draft expert Todd McShay believes Robinson has a lot of potential to be an offensive weapon at the receiver position and as a special teams returner. McShay also added that Robinson would be a great player for an NFL team to select on the second day of the draft—rounds two and three. Like ex-West Virginia quarterback Pat White, Robinson has said that he wants to play QB in the NFL, not receiver. Robinson has a lot to prove this Saturday as the Wolverines take on one of the best defenses in the country. Could there be a better weekend to put your arm on display if you are Shoelace?
Brady Hoke has never lost a home game since taking over the head-coaching job at Michigan: There is not a coach in football who wants a win more badly than Hoke this weekend. Hoke believes in the sanctity of the team, the team, the team and will look to beat a rival that Rich Rodriguez was never able to put away when Rich-Rod reigned over the Wolverines football program. How badly does Hoke want to get a win? He made his scout team wear Spartan helmets in practice this week.