Against Michigan State, Michigan's defense showed capable enough to win a Big Ten championship whether the Wolverines' offense puts up points or not.
Fowlerville residents Wayne Copeland and Frank Utter, lifelong Michigan Sate fans, always enjoyed their friendly wager with their rehab specialist, former Michigan baseball star Scott Weaver.
Be it playing passively with a spy or playing aggressively and blitzing frequently, there is no surefire way to stop Denard Robinson.
While the Wolverines were bouncing back and routing Purdue, Michigan State was getting crushed at Nebraska. It's a three-way race in the Legends Division.
This year's Wolverines insist they're different, that a loss to the Spartans will not send them into a downward spiral.
Michigan State was flagged six times for personal fouls, including one on a late hit of Michigan QB Denard Robinson that forced him from the game.
Michigan State forced Michigan to throw, and the Wolverines quarterbacks were not up to the challenge.
Michigan's hopes of rallying past Michigan State were dashed when the Wolverines attempted a play-aciton pass on fourth-and-inches at the Spartans 9.
In his keys to the game, Michael Rothstein writes of Michigan's need to block Jerel Worthy and to work underneat routes against the Spartans.
Michigan's past two seasons have quickly gone south after losing to Michigan State.
Michigan got the victory in its first trip to enemy territory, but tougher trip to Michigan State looms next week.