The weather may affect the Michigan vs. Michigan State game and who knows what it will do to the tailgating. With kick off at noon Saturday, revelers will be on campus early. But it will be windy and temps near 50, just above or below that mark and mid 50s at kick off and the wind could be a factor as it has been in past years. The 2004 game in Ann Arbor, the triple over time 45-37 Michigan come back win, that game would have gone to the Spartans had Dave Rayner's late field goal try not been into a gale wind which knocked it down short in front of the uprights.
This game has high anticipation because there've been no decent home games so far. Fans have endured blowouts over games that don't deserve to be on a major college schedule, but I've argued that for years and it doubtless will not change anytime soon. But these next two games-- Michigan and Wisconsin-- these are the games fans paid their season ticket money to see. They'll make or break the Spartans' season it would seem as well. Michigan State still has a string of three toughies in a row before things lighten up a big wtih two awful November home games against Minnesota and Indiana.
There's been plenty of boastful talk all week long and it goes with the rivalry. And it's a whole lot different when the Spartans have been defending their winning streak instead of it being the other way around. Michigan is going to have some unhappy seniors if they end their careers Saturday without ever beating Michigan State.