but MSU has bigger tests ahead
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Just as everyone at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing was getting used to Michigan State's green, black and bronze Nike Pro Combat uniforms (the kids love them, everyone says, and I say, some kids love eating Play Doh), out came the Wolverines in their surprise Adidas Legacy gear in which they looked sort of like a rugby team from the 1970s.
Luckily, the game itself honored tradition Saturday in front of 77,515 fans. It was violent, passionate and wild. And it ended in a convincing 28 14 victory for the Spartans.
We're used to emotion when these two universities get together on the football field. And now we're starting to get used to MSU winning. And so are the Spartans.
No matter what happened on that field Saturday, they never stopped looking like nike shox turbo they expected it to end up that way.
Saturday marked MSU's fourth straight win in the series, matching three other such MSU streaks, the most recent of which came from 1959 62.
'Here to stay'
"Michigan State is here to stay," MSU junior defensive end Jerel Worthy said. "We're nike air max online trying to show our dominance in this state. We tried to go out there and play our football. Coach (Mark) Dantonio has instilled in our minds that we won't lose to Michigan."
MSU's program is up in a big way under Dantonio, who joins Charlie Bachman (1933 37) as the only Spartans coaches to win four of their first five games against U M.
And Michigan's program dipped severely in three seasons under Rich Rodriguez and now still has ground to make up under first year coach Brady Hoke.
The Wolverines will get better and be back, no one who pays any attention to this stuff could argue otherwise.
But the fact is, MSU has a better team right now. And frankly, the Spartans have bigger things to conquer than simply U M.
Bigger game ahead
This is a defending Big Ten co champion about to host a bigger game yes, a bigger game on Saturday, when No. 4 Wisconsin visits. Pull the upset there and the Spartans are the clear favorites to win the Big Ten Legends Division and get to the league's first championship game.
"What we're looking for in this program, what our goals are in this program is any time, anywhere. That's our goal," Dantonio said. "To be able to play competitively with anybody in this country, anywhere, any time. Have we reached that yet? We're gonna find out the rest of the year."
The Spartans were fired up for the game. They played with intensity sometimes too much intensity, particularly when sophomore defensive end Will Gholston punched U M's Taylor Lewan after Lewan dragged Gholston by the facemask at the end of the third quarter.
MSU senior quarterback Kirk Cousins talked about "walking the streets" in this state for the rest of his life after becoming the first MSU quarterback to win three straight against U M.