It's here. Hate week. Bragging rights for the Great Lake state are on the line as Michigan and Michigan State face off in the latest chapter of their rivalry.
MSU hates UofM because they are and always will be their number one rival. Michigan may have a bigger rival in a team from Ohio but that doesn't mean that the fight for the Paul Bunyan trophy doesn't mean anything to them.
Here's some news to the folks from East Lansing: Michigan hates Michigan State.
Hoke: the in state guys understand this game better than the out of state guys— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) October 30, 2013
Folks from Ann Arbor like to play up the whole "big brother versus little brother," mentality because they think it eats away at the Spartans.
Truth is, it's about as effective as someone from East Lansing saying "Appalachian State."
Maybe if Mike Hart had referred to Michigan State as the "younger brother," things would be different. Alas.— Boo-ryan Mac (@Bry_Mac) October 30, 2013
There's something to be said for not speaking if you don't have something to say.— Jennette McCurdy (@jennettemccurdy) October 30, 2013
Mark Hollis on his radio show today: "I believe to have a true rivalry, you have to have respect."— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) October 30, 2013
Hoke on upcoming MSU game - big for both fan bases, entire state. Has a lot of respect for MSU, going to come down to execution #B1GCoaches— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) October 29, 2013
This rivalry used to be fun. It used to be about the game itself on the field. Now, it's become a week of hatred where there is no respect on either side and the trolling is at an all-time high.
The only thing I'm really looking forward to these days is Ron Burgundy.
Ron Burgundy Returns to 'CONAN' on Thursday, November 21 http://t.co/j0UvgQFWhS— TVbytheNumbers.com (@TVbytheNumbers) October 30, 2013
Michigan State will no longer say the word Michigan because they don't like it.
So now, MSU players won't say the word Michigan even though it's part of their school name. If you guys are trolling, you're doing it wrong.— Jason (@jebbe1977) October 29, 2013
Fitzgerald Touissant is talking up the "big brother / little brother," aspect of the rivalry.
Rivalries should be built on a mutual amount of hatred and respect. You can hate the folks from East Lansing all you want and vice versa, but would it hurt anyone to show a little bit of class these days?
Fan talk within this UM/MSU rivalry's become borderline uncomfortable. You're beyond sick of it by Saturday.— Nick B-oooo-mgardner (@nickbaumgardner) October 30, 2013
Maybe it's asking too much to have the trash talking stay on the comedic sides of things. It is what it is. You are either Green or Blue when it comes to this rivalry.
#21 MICHIGAN @ #22 MICHIGAN STATE 3:30 P.M. EST. TV - ABC
Roy Roundtree (@WRTreezy) October 30, 2013
Now that the ranting is out of the way, let's focus on the game at hand. A match-up between two top 25 teams that somehow only have 1 loss on each side.
Michigan was off last week and has had two weeks to focus on the Spartans. They know the tough task at hand that comes in traveling to East Lansing.
Ryan: It's a state championship -- we don't like them, they don't like us.— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) October 28, 2013
Lewan: We have to play more physical than Michigan State.— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) October 28, 2013
Blake Countess (@BlakeCo18) October 28, 2013
The Spartans are built on a foundation of strong defense. That comes from their coach, Mark Dantonio, and this season could be the best yet.
Crazy stat: Michigan State defense allowed a TOTAL of 71 rush yds before contact with RBs! Next lowest AQ defense allowed 227.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) October 30, 2013
.@cbfowler says MSU has allowed 71 total RB rush yards before contact. Indiana's Tevin Coleman had 64 on one run.— Chris Vampire (@ChrisVannini) October 30, 2013
Does Michigan State have the best defense in the country? We take a closer look: http://t.co/ZWkL6kPZm2— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 30, 2013
Michigan will have to hope to limit their turnovers, especially in a hostile environment. That begins and ends with QB1, Devin Gardner.
Gardner on intensity this week "last visit up there they embarrassed us a little bit"— angelique (@chengelis) October 30, 2013
Gardner on MSU "they hate us -- it's openly known"— angelique (@chengelis) October 30, 2013
Gardner said he spent part of bye visiting his little league team -- told them they rivaled Gallon's size and could play Div I too. Lol— angelique (@chengelis) October 30, 2013
Gardner's play hasn't always been pretty, to say the least. If you want to talk about things that are pretty, how about Justin Verlander's new ride?
Justin's new ride. Only other one like it on the East Coast is some guy named Michael Jordan. So sick pic.twitter.com/aUid1uxJO7— Ben Verlander (@Verly32) October 30, 2013
As long as we are talking about pretty things, you may have missed 'Friday Night Lights' sensation Minka Kelly the other day.
Don't worry, we've got the pictures for you.
If you want to get personal with Minka Kelly, take a look at this picture.
Stop looking at me like that Minka. pic.twitter.com/0gDvwtl8DJ— World of Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) October 30, 2013
Yes, she is looking at you. Let that sink in for a minute.
MONEY. MONEY. MONEY.
If you are thinking of traveling up to East Lansing for the game, you better pack your wallet pretty big for some tickets.
UM vs. MSU is the most expensive CFB ticket this weekend: $212 on the secondary market, according to Ticket City.— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) October 29, 2013
TicketCity also did a study on the top 25 college football rivalries nationally ... UM/MSU was No. 6. UM/OSU was No. 2.— Nick B-oooo-mgardner (@nickbaumgardner) October 29, 2013
Let's just hope that things can be kept somewhat civil.
Michigan forever— Drake Harris (@drizzygetbusy01) October 29, 2013
WEEK 10 SEE-IT-TO-BELIEVE-IT
Saturday can't come soon enough.— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 30, 2013
ESPN's 'College Gameday' is headed down to Florida this week for a top ten game.
8 FBS Unbeatens (BCS): 1 Alabama 2 Oregon 3 Florida St 4 Ohio St 6 Baylor 7 Miami (FL) 16 Fresno St 17 Northern Illinois— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 28, 2013
#18 OKLAHOMA STATE @ #15 TEXAS TECH 7:00 P.M. EST. TV - FOX
Texas Tech was flying high one week ago. A top ten ranking and some national love was starting to pour in for the Red Raiders.
After a tough loss on the road at Oklahoma last week, Texas Tech will look to get things back on track. There is still a lot to play for in 2013 for Texas Tech, including a conference championship.
Oklahoma State isn't as good as it has been in previous season's but it is still a top 25 team and one that is always a threat to put point on the board.
Texas Tech can look to creep back into the top 25 with a victory here.
Only at the oklahoma state fairgrounds. pic.twitter.com/HFFnZ0OJ5s— Lisa, eww. (@Nickmymain) October 28, 2013
#7 MIAMI @ #3 FLORIDA STATE 8:00 P.M. EST. TV - ABC
This is the game of the week for anyone outside of the state of Michigan.
The Seminoles are one of the hottest teams in the country right now. QB Jameis Winston is one of the top candidates for the 2013 Heisman trophy and he has Florida State in the thick of the BCS national championship conversation.
Florida State jumped by to #2 after their destruction at Clemson a couple of weeks ago. The Oregon Ducks had an impressive victory last week against UCLA, so the Ducks and Seminoles will continue to battle in the rankings.
This is a huge game for both teams as they both have ACC championship dreams and bigger goals in the BCS bowl picture.
Samuel L Jackson pic.twitter.com/HgwZRptkDX— Earth Pics (@ThatsEarth) October 30, 2013