This has not been a good season so far for the Wolverines. They are 2-4 on the season, and they have looked really bad in three of those losses. On Sept. 6 they got shut out by Notre Dame 31-0. Two weeks later they were beat by Utah at home 26-10. The following week Minnesota came to town and the Wolverines looked really bad, losing 30-14, and the game was not that close. Last week they lost a close one on the road to Rutgers, who is in their first season in the Big Ten. In week one, they did avenge perhaps the most embarrassing moment in college football history when they beat Appalachian State 52-14. Then two weeks later they beat a bad Miami (Ohio) team 34-10. The next two games on the schedule will be really rough for the Wolverines. First they stay home to take on a drastically improved Penn State team. Then they travel to Michigan State for a game that many expect them to lose by several touchdowns. After that they have three “Winnable” games. First they take on Indiana at home. Then they travel to Northwestern. After that the Wolverines get a week off before taking on Maryland at home. The final week of the regular season of course consists of the age old rivalry when the Wolverines go on the road to take on Ohio State. Many are calling for the firing of head coach Brady Hoke. If this program does not get turned around soon, the fan may get their wish.
The Wolverines are one of the five most tradition rich teams in the nation, alongside of Texas, USC, Oklahoma, and Ohio State. The Wolverines have 11 National Championships and five “unclaimed” National Championships. In addition, the Wolverines have 42 Conference Championships and 78 consensus All-Americans.
The Michigan State Spartans finished 2014 with a record of 11-2 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten Conference. The first of the two losses came against Oregon on the road in week two by a score of 46-27. Michigan State shouldn't feel too bad though. Autzen Stadium may be the hardest building in America at the moment to go win a road game. The second of the two losses came at home against at the time 8th ranked Ohio State by a score of 49-37. This loss is what kept the Spartans out of the Big Ten Championship game. Michigan State finished their season by defeating Baylor in maybe the best game of the 2014-2015 college football bowl season by a score of 42-41.
Michigan State returns many experienced players in 2015. The most notable of these is starting quarterback Connor Cook. Standing 6' 4” and 220 pounds, Coonor Cook is the prototypical big, strong, dropback pocket passer who as of this moment, is in contention to be drafted first overall next Spring. Michigan State's two biggest tests again this season will be Oregon in week two and Ohio State on Nov. 21, although the locations are switched around this time. Oregon will travel to East Lansing to take on the Spartans and Michigan State will travel to Columbus to take on Ohio State.