What does "bump this thread" mean? Did I say Alabama was a bad team or even not elite? Did I say Michigan would beat Alabama this year? All I know is that was legitimately the largest gap in talent and athleticism I've possible ever seen between two BCS conference teams. I'm not kidding or serving up hyperbole, I was afraid for the safety of MSU players.
Is anyone ignoring that Michigan got beaten down by Miss St.? No. That loss was the straw that broke the camels back and got RR fired. Meanwhile, Dantonio was lauded as the savior and greatest coach in the world for that season by your fanbase at large. Did they have different seasons? Absolutely. But my point ws simply that the whole "look Dantonio beats all these great teams with less talent" thing is a little overblown when you really examine the results. Like I said, he's a good coach, but the ceiling is clear.
And let me say I have, by no means, puffed my chest and celebrated this season. Really, I think you won't find a lot of fans around here who are real fired up about last year. Sure we're happy that we won a BCS game (how's that quest going for your squad?) but we understand the schedule, breaks, and way things shook out. Am I glad Michigan beat OSU and ND? Sure.
Respect the rivalry? I start losing respect for opponents when I witness players with intent to injure and hear people in your Soviet era concrete parking garage stadium scream "rip his head off" about Denard and 40 year old men try to fight me in front of their 6 year old kids because I cheer when Michigan scores a touchdown. Besides, I acknowledge that Dantonio is a good coach.
I just think that it's hilarious for State fans to assume that because they were able to beat Michigan the last 4 years with classes lower rated (under completely different circumstances), that it's going to continue to be that way. State fans should be acknowledging the domination Hoke has done in recruiting, especially in the Midwest, especially in head-to-head battles with Dantonio's, and especially the style of player Dantonio wants.