So I am in the camp that the MSU game is important, but it doesn't make or break the season. Every game is important. We want UofM to win every single one. But raising any single game to the status of make or break is a mistake. This isn't rocket science. For DB, it is "the entire body of work" that matters.
Let's be real. At the beginning of the season, if you were told, "Michigan will win a minimum of seven games and go to a bowl game," what would you have thought? You would have been thrilled!
The reality is that win or lose vs. MSU, Michigan is going to win at least three more games, and quite possibly could win more. That is a huge improvement over 2009. Putting all your eggs in the "State is a must-win game" is crazy. No, it is foolish.
Michigan is returning to prominence. It is just a matter of how soon. MSU fans know this, which is why the game is so important to them this year. They know that the tide is turning, and that things are returning to their natural state of existence.
Part of the reason State fans are so obnoxious is because of their inferiority complex. Because they know that they just haven't been as good as UofM. This extends to the team, and to the entire university. The only place they are strong is in areas Michigan doesn't even focus (i.e., animal and agricultural science.)
But there is something else at play. There are some Michigan fans who have over the years been insufferable jerks. You know who you are. This has led to the behavior of some of the State fans. For my two cents, remember this once Michigan returns to prominence. Don't act the way State fans are acting now. You're above that.
One last thing. If you really believe that Michigan has returned, put your money where your mouth is. I have a "friendly wager" with a couple of MSU grads. I would hope that those of you living in Michigan have the cajones to do the same.