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Everything you need to know about Saturday's game, including start time, how to watch, the rest of week six and more.

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The time is finally upon us.

The #7 Michigan State Spartans (6-0) travel to Ann Arbor to take on #12 Michigan (5-1) in the first rivalry showdown of the Jim Harbaugh era.

Mark Dantonio's program has dominated the series of late, winning six of the last seven meetings between the two teams en route to developing one of the superpowers in college football today.

There is much more on the line than just bragging rights on Saturday. With two of the best teams in the Big Ten taking the field, conference title -- and perhaps even college football playoff -- implications are on the line.

A month or so ago, Michigan fans were hoping this would be a game where they maybe could pull off an upset or at least have a good showing. Now, the Wolverines have emerged as a better team than all of us gave them credit for and Harbaugh has them playing excellent football. Talk of a rebuilding year is out the door.

Michigan State has battled injuries and inconsistencies so far this season, but these are the types of games they get up for, especially against the rival Wolverines. Dantonio has placed a huge emphasis on this game, and rightfully so, since he arrived in East Lansing.

The Spartans and Wolverines, at least on paper, are back to being equals and both are contenders this year. For the first time in awhile, both sides of the rivalry will be prepared and expect a great game on Saturday afternoon.

As far as predictions go, I have Michigan winning 24-16. The home crowd and continued great play from the defense should be able to get the Wolverines their first win in the series since 2012.

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Game Info

Teams: # 12 Michigan vs. #7 Michigan State

Date: October 17th, 2015

Location: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. (107,601)

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET

Television: ESPN/WatchESPN App

Radio: Michigan/IMG Sports Network (for a list of affiliates, click here)

Spread: Michigan -7.5

Fun Facts

  • Michigan leads the all-time series over MSU by a 68-34-5 advantage.
  • Since MSU's inception in the Big Ten back in 1953, Michigan leads 35-25-2.
  • These two programs have met for 70 straight seasons.
  • Michigan has won 11 of the last 14 meetings at home.
  • Michigan is 6-9-1 in this matchup when both teams are ranked.
  • With a win Saturday, Jim Harbaugh will tie Brady Hoke for wins against AP Top 25 teams with three.

Hitting the Links: MnB's Michigan State vs. Michigan Coverage

10-16: Staff Roundtable: Michigan vs. MSU Predictions

10-16: Michigan vs. Michigan State: Matchups to Watch

10-15: Recruiting Visitors List: Michigan vs. MSU

10-15: Harbaugh vs. MSU: One Broken Arm, Two Victories

10-15: Behind Enemy Lines: Q&A with The Only Colors

10-15: S&P+ Predicts Michigan to Beat MSU Comfortably

10-15: Magic Johnson Statue Vandalized by Michigan Fans

10-15: Top Five College GameDay Guest Picker Candidates

10-15: College GameDay Sign Ideas

10-15: The Michigan Man Podcast 271: MSU Preview w/ Will Tieman

10-14: ESPN's College GameDay to Broadcast from the North End of the Diag

10-14: Getting to Know Michigan's Week Seven Opponent: The Michigan State Spartans

10-14: Michigan Can Steal MSU's Dream Season on Saturday

10-13: Big Ten Odds Week Seven

10-13:The Michigan Man Podcast 270 w/ MLive's Nick Baumgardner

10-13: Much on the Line for Michigan and Michigan State this Weekend

10-12: Satire: Jim Harbaugh Responds to Mark Dantonio's "Open Letter"

10-12: Free Press Column: Michigan Has Been Better than MSU this Season

10-12: Harbaugh Reserved About Importance of MSU Rivalry

10-11: Michigan Opens as a Touchdown Favorite over MSU

Week Seven College Football TV Schedule

Thu, Oct 15, 2015
7:00 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
Auburn at Kentucky
7:30 PM ET
CBSS
Western Kentucky at North Texas
10:30 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
(18) UCLA at (15) Stanford
Fri, Oct 16, 2015
8:00 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
Cincinnati at BYU
9:00 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
(24) Houston at Tulane
9:00 PM ET
CBSS
(21) Boise State at Utah State
10:30 PM ET
ESPN2WatchESPN
UNLV at Fresno State
Sat, Oct 17, 2015
12:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Western Michigan at Ohio
12:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Eastern Michigan at (22) Toledo
12:00 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
South Florida at Connecticut
12:00 PM ET
ESPNNWatchESPN
Tulsa at East Carolina
12:00 PM ET
BTNBTN2Go
Purdue at Wisconsin
12:00 PM ET
FCS
Marshall at Florida Atlantic
12:00 PM ET
FSNFoxSportsGo
FIU at Middle Tennessee
12:00 PM ET
FS1FoxSportsGo
Texas Tech at Kansas
12:00 PM ET
CBSSN
Bucknell at Army
12:00 PM ET
FOXFoxSportsGo
West Virginia at (2) Baylor
12:00 PM ET
ABC/ESPN2WatchESPN
(17) Iowa at (20) Northwestern
12:00 PM ET
ABC/ESPN2WatchESPN
(13) Mississippi at Memphis
12:00 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State
12:00 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
Louisville at (11) Florida State
12:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech
1:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Buffalo at Central Michigan
2:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Northern Illinois at Miami (OH)
3:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Akron at Bowling Green
3:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Georgia State at Ball State
3:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Kent State at Massachusetts
3:30 PM ET
CBSSN
Air Force at Colorado State
3:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Idaho at Troy
3:30 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
Virginia Tech at Miami (FL)
3:30 PM ET
CBSSEC Live
(10) Alabama at (9) Texas A&M
3:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Syracuse at Virginia
3:30 PM ET
ABC
(19) Oklahoma at Kansas State
3:30 PM ET
BTNBTN2Go
Rutgers at Indiana
3:30 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
(7) Michigan State at (12) Michigan
3:30 PM ET
ESPN2WatchESPN
Nebraska at Minnesota
3:30 PM ET
ASN
Charlotte at Old Dominion
4:00 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Vanderbilt at South Carolina
4:00 PM ET
PAC12Pac-12 Live
Oregon State at Washington State
4:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Nevada at Wyoming
6:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
New Mexico State at Georgia Southern
7:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Appalachian State at Louisiana-Monroe
7:00 PM ET
MWC
Hawaii at New Mexico
7:00 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
(8) Florida at (6) LSU
8:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Wake Forest at North Carolina
7:00 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
Boston College at (5) Clemson
7:00 PM ET
FCS
Texas-San Antonio at Southern Miss
7:00 PM ET
ESPN2WatchESPN
(3) TCU at Iowa State
7:30 PM ET
CBSSN
UCF at Temple
7:30 PM ET
NBCNBC Sports Live Extra
USC at (14) Notre Dame
7:30 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Missouri at Georgia
8:00 PM ET
ABC
Penn State at (1) Ohio State
9:00 PM ET
FS1FoxSportsGo
Arizona at Colorado
10:00 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
Arizona State at (4) Utah
10:30 PM ET
ESPN2WatchESPN
Oregon at Washington
10:30 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
San Diego State at San Jose State