Michigan vs. Michigan State is always a season-defining game, and that is even more true this season.
For the Wolverines, Saturday is almost a must win. Not only do they need the victory to end Michigan State's winning streak, it would be a crucial step toward the Legends Division title. It would also mark an important box off Brady Hoke's check list at Michigan.
For Michigan State, a win could help right a listing season, and would give them an unprecedented five-year run of bragging rights in the Great Lakes State. It would also give them a last chance at getting another trip to Indianapolis and the Big Ten championship game.
On paper, here's how the teams match up:
MICHIGAN OFFENSE vs. MICHIGAN STATE DEFENSE
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