EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - No. 6 Michigan and No. 24 Michigan State have been respectful of one another in the days leading up to their clash this weekend.
There's still plenty at stake, however, and the potential for plenty of hostility.
It's a big game for Jim Harbaugh, who is just 1-5 against rivals Michigan State and Ohio State since taking over as Michigan's coach.
Shea Patterson is learning on the run at Michigan.
The dual-threat quarterback has become a running threat for the sixth-ranked Wolverines.
His mobility and desire to extend plays has gotten him into trouble at times.
He ran for a career-high 90 yards and a score in last week's win against Wisconsin.
He also lost 23 yards on three sacks.
Points may be more precious when Michigan plays State on Saturday.