Michigan State (3-3) at (16) Michigan (5-2)
Player to Watch: Ryan Van Dyke, QB, Michigan State. Starter has struggled since returning from injury and even got replaced last week by Jeff Smoker.
Both sides are issuing the standard spin about this being a tough rivalry game, but reality says it’s a mismatch. Despite their 3-0 start, the Spartans clearly are in a rebuilding year following a 10-2 campaign in 1999. The only consistency is RB T.J. Duckett, the nation’s No. 5 rusher (148.3 yards). Michigan exploded in a 58-0 win last week and will likely go right at the Spartans’ wobbly defensive front with powerful RB Anthony Thomas.