Michigan Takes Division Lead With Win Over Michigan State

For the first time in the last five tries, the Wolverines took down the Spartans. However, the win over their rival has put them all by themselves in the Legends division of the Big Ten, for now.

The game yesterday was pretty entertaining to watch. I thought that both teams played extremely well on the defensive side of the ball, which was kind of a surprise to see. I thought the game would be a little more high scoring than 12-10. But both teams battled and the Wolverines came up with the victory.

With the win, Michigan improves to 5-2 on the season, including a 3-0 record in the Big Ten. I believe some positives for them moving forward is the defense is starting keep improving with every game. The unit has only given up 23 points so far in three conference games. They have really stepped up their play as the season goes along. They also held Michigan State’s running back Le’Veon Bell to 68 yards on the ground. Here is what defensive lineman Craig Roh said about the defense, according to The Detroit News: 

“I think through the way that we prepare, it’s all the work that goes in before (the game) that makes us feel that we can play with anyone in the country,” defensive lineman Craig Roh said. “We prepare like an NFL team and that’s the way we’re going to keep preparing every week until the season is over.

As for Michigan State, I thought a good sign for them moving forward was the play of quarterback Andrew Maxwell. In recent weeks, he has been struggling but I thought he was much improved yesterday. Michigan State needs to get back on track soon or this season could turn into a major disappointment for them.

Michigan will play a big game next week at Nebraska and Michigan State will face off against the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison.

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