East Lansing, Mich. -- There's only so much you're going to get out of either Michigan State or Michigan's coaches and players the week they play each other.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has never been afraid to embrace the rivalry or acknowledge that the game means a little more than some others.
"I think in this state, I've said it many, many times, I think you grow up either green or you grow up blue," Dantonio said Tuesday at Spartan Stadium. "Not too many people are indifferent in that in Michigan. It's an exciting opportunity for our players, great challenge for our players, always has been. It's a game that we point to every year.
"They've got a great football team. The game means more than just winning and losing in-state, it's an opportunity to really sort of take control of the Legends (Division) a little bit, at least push forward.
"The stakes get higher as we go. I think it's a national game, too, be...