Schlabach lists his top 10 grudge matches for the upcoming season. Michigan vs. Purdue checks in at #7.
ESPN: Top 10 Grudge Matches of 2010
Looks like this grudge match is gaining momentum!
Michigan vs. Michigan State
Michigan vs. Iowa
Michigan vs. Illinois
Michigan vs. Ohio State
It's been a tough couple of years.....a lot of payback to deliver.
Michigan vs. Michigan State is much more of a grudge match IMO.
Purdue is definitely the game that I would circle on the calendar for this season. RR needs to take this game personally. Michigan lost on a hook and lateral in 2008 and on an onside kick in 2009. This year's game can't come down to a trick or gimmick. Michigan really needs to set the tone for the game early and take it to Purdue.
I definitely understand the need to beat MSU. However, I think that Sparty had a better team than Michigan for the past two seasons. Those losses, though regrettable, are understandable. The losses to Purdue are not so understandable. They need payback.
I'm surprised Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam didn't make the list. You'd think they'd be #1.
I believe that's grunge.
After the last 2 seasons, who doesn't Michigan owe an ass kicking?
Delaware State University.
And a few MAC teams.
Reading the UM-MSU grudge match comments (re: Train wreck), I'm so glad we have this blog and the anti troll/jackassery policing that goes on here.
I think these games have to be looked at in terms of whether they are grudge matches to both teams or just to one team. When one team has a grudge, it makes for a good game. But when both teams have grudges, it can make for a great game.
I don't see Purdue as viewing our game as a grudge match - they beat us last two years, and each of their coaches got the revenge they were looking for. We see it as a grudge match, yes, but I think Purdue is pretty content.
I think Indiana will have a grudge against us - their coach really thinks they got robbed last year on Warren's interception. RR had better not overlook that game.
I think our game in which both teams hold grudges is with MSU. For us, because of all the trash talk, and losing the past two years. For them, well, because they always have a grudge against us due to their inferiority complex. The UM-MSU game will be a dogfight.