The 67th meeting as conference foes (and 113th all time) will see the Michigan State Spartans take on the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor at noon after FOX selected the game for its “Big Noon Saturday” broadcast.
The network began featuring premier games of the week last season for the first time as a noon kickoff, instead of primetime games. This is also the second-straight season the rivalry between the two Great Lakes states has been tabbed for the “Big Noon Saturday” feature, is the third-straight noon kickoff in the series, and contrasts greatly with the 2017 first-ever (and only to date) primetime matchup in Ann Arbor.
While the 2017 matchup will long be remembered for Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh’s refusal to look at a weather report at any point leading into the game, or pay attention to the torrential downpour in the second half, the Spartans are certainly hoping to snap a two game losing streak in the series.
After winning eight of the last 10, including the crazy 2015 finish, the Spartans have had a rough go of it. Though there will be no retaliatory kindergartner tantrum on the block M (in part because it is artificial turf), it’s time MSU avenged the “bush league” actions where it matters: the scoreboard. In the meantime, let’s remember the five-year anniversary this past Saturday of the greatest moment in the rivalry’s history: