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Michigan State Beats Michigan 26-20 in OT

Expectations.

They can be used to help you set goals. They can also lead to disappointment.

Over the summer, no Michigan fan could have expected much better than an 8-4 season. But after a 4-0 start, many were secretly having BCS dreams.

After losing 26-20 in overtime to Michigan State on Saturday, the undefeated season is out the window, and suddenly Michigan is a middle-of-the-pack Big Ten team, at least in the standings.

But where will the Wolverines end up?

Well, the pessimistic preseason prediction of 6-6 had to be altered after the Notre Dame win. Of Michigan’s remaining seven games, they’ll probably be underdogs in four of them, heavily favored in two of them, and a small favorite in the other.

Purdue and certainly 1-AA Delaware State should be easy wins at home. Michigan gets Penn State and Ohio State at the Big House but both teams are better than the Wolverines this year. I’m still not completely sold on Iowa, although a night game at Kinnick certainly favors the Hawkeyes. That leaves road games at Illinois and Wisconsin, both winnable.

Illinois looks terrible right now and Ron Zook seems to be panicking. Wisconsin is undefeated but faces arguably its two toughest opponents of the season in the upcoming weeks (at Ohio State, vs Iowa). The Illini and Badgers are two teams that we’ll all know a lot more about when it comes time for Michigan to face them.

The point is, although we’re still not at the halfway point of the season, it’s looking like Michigan, record-wise, will finish about where many fans thought they would. And that’s a good thing. The key for the fan base is not to be disappointed with an 8-4 or even 7-5 record.

Remember, it’s a long climb from 3-9. The 4-0 start was great, but it didn’t call for a complete adjustment of preseason expectations.

Michigan-Michigan State Preview: Respect This Blog Post

With a different Big Ten school losing a player to suspension seemingly every week so far in this young season, it’s clear that the conference is trying to promote seven letters: R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

And with an intense in-state rivalry game occurring tomorrow between Michigan and Michigan State, it’s a topic worth discussing. Although, I must admit, I had to laugh when I read this:

“It’s just the total lack of respect they have for our school in general. We’re always taught, as Spartans, to respect our opponent, and the lack of respect they have (for MSU) is just sickening. They think we’re beneath them.”

The person behind the quote is Michigan State defensive end Trevor Anderson. The “they” he refers to are, of course, the Michigan Wolverines.

Anderson is from Detroit, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he understands the rivalry even though he started his college career at Cincinnati and this is only his second season as a Spartan. In fact, given the inferiority complex exemplified by his quotes, it’s not even an assumption — it’s pretty clear he understands what Michigan-Michigan State is all about.

Anyway, what caught me eye about this particular quote was this: “We’re always taught, as Spartans, to respect our opponent.”

I know this happened in 2005, before Anderson, head coach Mark Dantonio, or perhaps any of the current MSU players were part of the team. But still.