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The End of an Era

What else is there to say? It’s over.

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

EAST LANSING — There’s no questioning the fact that Mark Dantonio built this program from the ground up. He wanted to make a living off of beating the Wolverines.

He wanted to be the program people bragged about, not Michigan.

He wanted so desperately to flip the script in this state for Spartan fans, and he did it.

He did it.

Time and time again, he beat Michigan. He beat the odds. He proved everyone wrong and brought MSU football to national relevance.

So I guess it makes sense for the Wolverines to put the nail in the coffin.

But that’s it guys; it’s over. If last week’s embarrassing loss to Illinois didn't change your mind, then the beat down Michigan just handed out to MSU absolutely should.

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

After an early touchdown pass from Lewerke to Max Rosenthal, it was all Michigan. They couldn't be stopped, and it didn't look like the Spartans had much of a choice but to accept their fate.

Outside of a field goal, Michigan State wouldn't come close to threatening the Wolverines again.

In the case of Michigan? Their drives would look like this.

  • A touchdown
  • A 98-yard touchdown drive
  • A field goal
  • Another score
  • Another field goal

Do I need to continue? This team got embarrassed and rightfully so. In the program’s current state, they don't deserve to be on the same field as Michigan, and if anyone thinks that’s a hot take, you are wrong.

The last time MSU got beat this badly by Michigan? Back in 2002, when they lost 49-3 with Bobby Williams at the helm. The same day Williams wasn't sure if he lost his team or not.

He did.

Mark Dantonio has a lot to answer for after this game, this season, and his decision to play musical chairs with his staff during the offseason.

Will he give fans the answers they deserve? Probably not, but that’s the problem.

Pride has gotten in the way.

The very thing that once fueled Dantonio is now consuming him.

Strap in.

The fall is here.