If anyone tries to tell you rivalry games don’t mean anything extra and that they are just another game on the schedule, don’t believe them for a second. They simply don’t understand how important they are, but FOX Sports reminded everyone just how real one in-state rivalry truly is.
In honor of the No. 6 Michigan Wolverines playing the No. 24 Michigan State Spartans on Saturday morning at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan, FOX delivered a rather epic 30-second hype video that will make fans from both schools want to run through the nearest brick wall.
Yes, the promo is that good.
Since the first game in 1898 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, this rivalry has been pretty wild. Michigan leads the all-time series 69-36-5, but Michigan State has won eight of the last 10 Big Ten Conference meetings.
It’s also what makes this video so great.
After the Wolverines won 28-24 in 2007 — their seventh-straight victory against the Spartans — Michigan running back Mike Hart referred to Michigan State as “little brother” in the postgame interview and, needless to say, things haven’t been the same ever since.
“Sometimes you get your little brother excited when you’re playing basketball and stuff, let them get the lead, and then you just come back and take it back,” Hart said.
Naturally, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio fired back to say it’s not over, and he will be coaching the Spartans for a long time, which has resulted in eight wins since 2007, including a 14-10 win at the Big House in 2017.
Although this game is at 12 p.m. EST, it’s going to be one of the most emotional and hype games of the entire weekend.
So buckle up. This is a must-watch.