It just occurred to me this week that Michigan is one half of the top two rivalry games in the conference and they play those games every year. No other team has that kind of schedule. While we love it, embrace it, and take the challenge, it can be argued that year-in/year-out Michigan plays the toughest conference schedule because these super-heated rivalry games never go off their schedule.
Questions: Is there another Big Ten rivalry game not involving Michigan that is bigger than our two?
And, is it right for the schedule-maker to give Sparty a bye week heading into this game? (Ed. note: no excuses, we will beat the snot out of them regardless. But would the league ever dream of giving Michigan or Ohio a bye the week before The Game? I think not. Why not? Well, you know the answer.)
Michigan 24, State 17