Originally this was going to be an article talking smack to Ohio State. Then it became an article talking smack to Michigan State. Then it started to bleed into saying things about University of Michigan and the matchup against Ohio State. Now it has all blended together and it’s come down to this.
State of Michigan: Do not screw this up.
Look, Michigan State and Michigan. We know that you don’t like each other and that’s fine. You don’t have to like each other. We can go back to hating one another after this weekend but for this weekend and probably only this weekend, we need to work together.
Everyone’s up to speed on what’s at stake here, correct?
If Michigan wins this Saturday in Columbus, the Wolverines are headed to the Big Ten Championship no matter what happens with Michigan State. If Ohio State wins and Michigan State loses, Penn State goes to the Big Ten Championship thanks to their tiebreaker. But if Ohio State wins and Michigan State wins… the Buckeyes go to the Big Ten Championship. We have to endure another year of THE Ohio State telling us how much better it is to be a Buckeye.
Do you want that hanging over your heads, Spartan fans?
That’s what I thought.
Look, we the Wolverine fans are going to do what we can but it’s not looking promising for our starting quarterback, Wilton Speight, to play. I honestly wouldn’t put it past Jim Harbaugh to have Speight doing minimal snaps just so Urban Meyer has to gameplan for him. Michigan’s going to do what it can to beat Ohio State but it might come down to Michigan State. The defense is still all there but man, that offense looked pretty bad last week. John O’Korn looked pretty rough against Indiana and that was at home.
So I’m going to put it all on the table here. Michigan State, this isn’t about sending Michigan to the Big Ten title game. If that happens, so be it but that’s not the point. The point is that we cannot allow Ohio State to go again. Can you fathom how annoying Buckeye fans will be if they win another national championship? You’ve already had a wasted season, so why bother winning one more game? Michigan State can’t go to a bowl game either way.
I know Spartan players don’t want to just take a knee and the fans don’t want to cheer against their team but that’s what needs to happen. I cheer for Michigan State when they don’t play Michigan and I’m going to be rooting like crazy for Penn State. Would I rather my team goes to the championship? Absolutely. I also don’t want my ultimate rival to go though.
But let’s back up a second here.
We can’t put this all on Michigan State.
Michigan fans, I know you’ve been talking an enormous amount of trash all season. You’ve been saying how great Harbaugh and his Wolverines are all season. Well, now it’s time to find out. Good teams win when things go their way. Great teams win when everything is against them. If Michigan is the title contender that we all like to hoist them up as, now’s the time for them to show it. They’ve looked subpar in their only road games this season so if they’re a great team, showing up big time in the Horseshoe is time.
So there it is. Your fate is in your own hands, Michigan. Don’t mess it up.
Michigan State, it’s up to you if Michigan fails.
Remember what they say: blood is thicker than water. Little brother, little sister, whatever. It’s time that we come together to hate the one, true enemy: Ohio State.
So remember Mitten State: don’t screw this up.