Under the Lights: Previewing Michigan vs. Michigan State

by Topher Nowak
Special to The Pit

In-state rivals the Michigan State Spartans head to The Big House to take on the Michigan Wolverines under the lights for the first time ever at the Michigan Stadium. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, they will look to seek revenge from the 2015 last second 27-23 loss against Michigan State.

Both teams are very different than they were two years ago and even last season. The Wolverines would beat Michigan State in East Lansing last year 32-23. It would count as a win in the record books and helped guide a dagger into the chests of the Spartan faithful. It still wasn’t good enough for some Michigan fans who want the true redemption to happen on Saturday night under the lights.

After the bye week, Coach Harbaugh will start John O’Korn who came into the game against the Purdue Boilermakers after starting quarterback Wilton Speight was injured. O’Korn proved to his critics that he could lead the Wolverines to victory. On Saturday night, Harbaugh and his offensive coaches will put their faith and confidence in O’Korn to lead them against their in state rivals.

The Wolverines have the nation’s best defense under coach Don Brown once again, even after losing 10 starters on defense. Devin Bush, Chase Winovich and Rashan Gary as well as a host of others are proving that this is a defense not to be messed with.

Yes, the offense still hasn’t looked its best, it did look quite impressive against Purdue in their 28-10 win. It seemed like they found a rhythm behind O’Korn and hopefully Saturday’s game under the lights on national TV will showcase that.

This is a game that could lead be a trap game because the Wolverines on paper should be the team to win this game but games aren’t played on paper. Local news stations are reporting the chance of rain at kickoff. Games where the elements become a factor don’t always go how everyone thinks it will go.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET under the lights in Ann Arbor inside of Michigan Stadium and can
be seen on ABC.