"Michigan-Michigan State in my opinion need to play. "It's an in-state rivalry that's one of the great, great games, and I foresee that that would continue into the future, but that's a conversation that's going to take 14 folks to sit down and come up with what that future direction is." - Mark Hollis
One of the interesting talking points in the B1G Division debate is whether or not to place Michigan and MSU in the same division or in separate divisions with a "protected" cross-over game. It seems like the general consensus from Spartan fans is that being in separate divisions and avoiding OSU, PSU and Michigan every year would be better for our B1G Title and Rose Bowl hopes (I tend to agree).
The question: Are you willing to not play Michigan every year if it meant the continued growth of our football program?
I really started thinking about this topic during the whole "would you rather have Michigan lose and MSU not win a share of a B1G Title, or Michigan win and gain a share of the title as well." I was surprised at how many people still would rather see Michigan fail even if it meant something good for MSU.
It seems like our whole identity has always been tied to "Michigan" even though their main rival will always be OSU. I'm fine with that fact and that is another reason why it is time to distance ourselves from them especially in Football.
The thing I like about this is it lets our football program grow at an important time in our development and there would always be a possibility (so you're saying there's a chance...) of meeting in the B1G Title Game.
Some people might see this as "cowardly" but I'm willing to brush off any slander if it means that we win more games. and stay competitive in Football.
We can get into more discussion in the comments section and I'm interested to hear other people's thoughts on this.