Michigan State has been looked as the little brother to the Michigan Wolverines for generations. With a lopsided 29-6 win Saturday in which they secured the Paul Bunyan Trophy, the Spartans have made another statement that they are just as good. In a momentum shift that started under Rich Rodriguez’s disastrous tenure in Ann Arbor, the Spartans have gained a lot of ground and now look like they could in position to take control. Recruiting suggests Michigan could be getting a lot of firepower, but Mike Dantonio’s staff in East Lansing has done a terrific job, especially on the defensive side of the ball. They have found more offense in the last month.
In addition to the fact that Michigan State won what is an incredibly important game for them every year, they also find themselves 5-0 in the Big Ten and atop the Legends Division. Beating Michigan allowed them to take control and all but eliminated the Wolverines from the conversation. Now, the Spartans travel to Lincoln to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers who are second in the division with just one loss. If Michigan State can win, they are all but assured a spot in the Big Ten Championship. If not, the Cornhuskers suddenly have a shot to get into the Big Ten title.