It's been five years since Michigan State's Mark Dantonio lost as head coach against Michigan.
Back then, Wolverines running back Mike Hart referred to the Spartans as a little brother after beating them in 2007. Dantonio responded sternly, saying ''they need to check themselves,'' and ''pride comes before the fall.''
''Of course, there's always thing you wish you didn't say,'' Dantonio said this week. ''But sometimes, I get emotional and let my feelings and competitive spirit run away with the words I say.''
Still, his team has backed him up.
Michigan State (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) has won four straight in the rivalry and if the Spartans can pull off an upset at No. 23 Michigan (4-2, 2-0) on Saturday, they will have a school-record, five-game winning streak in the series.
''We've had success in this rivalry, but I also understand it's all about what have you done lately,'' Dantonio said. ''Things can change very quickly.''
The Spartans have found that out the hard way, starting the...