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Dienhart: Michigan State is back, following its latest win vs. rival Michigan

09 October 2017, 12:41 | Rodolfo Wallace

Dienhart: Michigan State is back, following its latest win vs. rival Michigan

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio are expected to don headsets promoting the Detroit bid for Amazon at the UM v. MSU match on Saturday

Mike Hart's words echo in the Michigan State locker room before every game against Michigan - literally.

Joe Bachie and the Michigan State defense came to Michigan Stadium with the lofty goal of forcing four turnovers.

"It's definitely talked about". The visiting Spartans are +310 to +350 underdogs to win the game.

"I think as each game goes", he said, "I'm getting more comfortable just with everything". We had some things we could have done a lot better.

Hart's comments are still used as motivation. He got started early against the Wolverines, stripping the ball from running back Ty Isaac in the first quarter. MI is a 10-point favorite, according to Vegas Insider.

Mark Dantonio always gets his team ready to play MI, and you can tell he truly savors beating Harbaugh. Obviously, Coach D has done a great job of playing against these guys, he's definitely had their number.

"I didn't bring that list with me", Harbaugh said.

Michigan's defense tried to keep the Wolverines in the game. It's safe to say he's delivered. The game after that will again be under the lights at Penn State, versus a squad aching for revenge after getting destroyed in Michigan Stadium past year. Validation? Versus Michigan? The Spartans are past the point of needing it.

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But even right before the half, when a field goal would have made it a one-score game for MI, tight end Sean McKeon also committed a costly fumble that ensured the margin stayed at 11 points and maintained a steep uphill climb for the Wolverines. "Obviously, I'm not going to shy away from any of that". We've been in the playoffs, we've won three Big 10 championships and we've beaten our rival.

Texas put together yet another lengthy drive, killing half the available time, but Texas stalled in the red zone and Rowland's game-tying 27-yard chip shot sailed wide right. The Spartans were 3-9, including a 32-23 home loss to the Wolverines, then endured a tumultous offseason. All of this made Saturday's win that much more satisfying for Dantonio and his team. The Spartans will be on upset alert next week, as the Gophers are a sound football team.

"We played smart with the weather", Dantonio said. "That's what we're trying to do, step by step".

"No one's running Harbaugh off since he's one of the three or four best coaches in the country, but I think he will implode at the frustration of not winning these games and start listening to National Football League offers". The stingy Buckeyes held Maryland (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) to 66 total yards - their fewest yards allowed since yielding 60 against IN in 1960.

Strong winds and heavy rain affected the game in the third quarter, making it even more hard for the offensively challenged teams to move the ball. "I'm excited we were able to pull it out". "Come Monday, it's back to work".

"My dad had told me before the game to score as many points as you can in the first half", Lewerke said, "because the second half you're not going to be able to pass the ball".

Purdue 31, Minnesota 17: Markell Jones scored on a 12-yard run with 1:17 left and Elijah Sindelar rallied Purdue twice - once before a heavy storm delayed Saturday's game and once after - to beat Minnesota 31-17.

During a stretch of three drives that spanned the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth, while sheets of rain soaked the Big House, the Wolverines' offensive staff dialed up 11 passes on 14 plays for a second-string quarterback making his second start in Ann Arbor.

When it hit the ground, they stayed silent.

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