No. 8 Michigan State is scheduled to host No. 6 Michigan on Saturday in one of the most highly anticipated Big Ten games of the season.
The matchup marks the fifth time in history that the in-state rivals will play each other as top-10 teams and the first such meeting since 1964. The Wolverines will be looking for revenge after the Spartans escaped Ann Arbor with a 27-24 win last year.
Michigan cruised to a 33-7 win over Northwestern last week behind a strong rushing attack. Running back Blake Corum, who leads the Wolverines with 729 rushing yards this season, racked up 119 yards and two touchdowns against the Wildcats. Hassan Haskins wasn’t far behind with 110 yards and two touchdowns of his own.
The Spartans also have a terrific ground game led by running back Kenneth Walker III, who transferred to Michigan State after spending two years at Wake Forest. Walker is currently second in the nation in rushing yards (997) behind only Syracuse’s Sean Tucker (1,060).
Although the game is scheduled to take place at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan is favored by 4.5 points, according to FanDuel.
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Michigan vs. Michigan State score
Michigan vs. Michigan State live updates, highlights from 2021 rivalry game
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3:05: Thorne completes to Heyward for four yards and gives Michigan State a first down at the 35.
3:00: Thorne connects with Reed for 11 yards and gets brought down by multiple defenders at the 25 for a first down.
Third Quarter: Michigan 30, Michigan State 22
2:48: Haskins makes an eight-yard run to give the Wolverines a first down at the 47.
2:42: TOUCHDOWN MICHIGAN STATE. Walker III is tackled on the goal line for his third touchdown of the game. After the two point conversion, the Spartans make it a one possession game and cut Michigan’s lead 30-22.
2:38: Thorne finds Reed for a 28-yard pass to give the Spartans a first down at the goal line.
2:34: Payton Thorne completes a pass to Reed at the 45 to give the Spartans a first down.
2:29: TOUCHDOWN MICHIGAN. McNamara completes to Mike Sainristil for a 19-yards in the end zone. After Moody makes the extra point, Michigan leads 30-14 with 6:47 remaining in the third quarter.
2:25: McNamara makes a 20-yard run to give the Wolverines a first down from the Michigan State 22.
2:20: The Spartans are forced to punt after they fail their third attempt to convert on third down.
2:15: Michigan kicker Brad Robbins fakes a punt on fourth down and runs out of bounds just before the first down marker. The Spartans take over on downs from the 30.
2:13: A false start penalty on Luke Schoonmaker pushes Michigan back on third down.
2:11: Wolverines start from their own 25 to kick off the second half in East Lansing.
Halftime: Michigan 23, Michigan State 14
1:44: FIELD GOAL MICHIGAN. Josh Moody makes a 35-yard field goal to end the first half. The field goal helps extend the Wolverines lead 23-14.
1:43: Michigan State calls back-to-back time outs with six seconds remaining in the half. Michigan will line up for a field goal attempt from the 17 after failing to complete on third down.
1:31: Ojabo brings down Thorne and forces the ball loose. After official review, Thorne was ruled down with control and the Spartans will start from the three on third down.
1:25: Hutchinson brings down Thorne for a loss of two yards. A holding call pushes the Wolverines back another 10 yards on second down.
1:23: TOUCHDOWN MICHIGAN. Andrel Anthony makes a 17-yard catch in the end zone for his second touchdown of the game. Michigan takes a 20-14 lead with 2:56 remaining in the half.
1:18: Hassan Haskins makes a 24-yard rush to put the Wolverines inside the Spartans’ 18.
1:08: TOUCHDOWN MICHIGAN STATE. Kenneth Walker III makes a eight-yard run into the end zone for his second touchdown of the half. The Spartans take a 14-13 lead with 7:16 remaining in the half.
1:07: Thorne completes a pass to Maliq Carr for a 40-yard gain. The Spartans get a fresh set of downs inside the 10.
1:00: FIELD GOAL MICHIGAN. Jake Moody kicks a 38-yard field goal to extend the Wolverines’ lead after they failed to convert on third down from the 20. Michigan leads 13-7 with 9:18 remaining in the half.
12:50: TOUCHDOWN MICHIGAN STATE. Kenneth Walker III makes a 27-yard run into the end zone for the score. Spartans cut the Wolverines lead 10-7 in the first 10 seconds of the first quarter.
First Quarter: Michigan 10, Michigan State 0
12:44: The Spartans pick up a first down as Thorne completes a pass to Connor Heyward for a six-yard gain to end the first quarter.
12:41: FIELD GOAL MICHGAN. Jake Moody makes a 26-yard attempt for the Wolverines after the Spartans hold them on third down. Although he apparently loses control of the ball, the play is ruled a touchdown. Michigan extends their 10-0 lead with 1:18 remaining in the first quarter.
12:32: Daxton Hill tips off a pass from Thorne and allowed Jerome Nichols to make the second interception for the Wolverines. After an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Spartans, Michigan takes over at the 30.
12:25: Thorne keeps it and rushes for 22 yards to put the Spartans at the 45.
12:15: Thorne throws high on a pass intended to Reed. The Spartans are forced to punt and allow the Wolverines to take over at the 20.
12:08: TOUCHDOWN MICHIGAN. Andrel Anthony makes a catch from McNamara and breaks free for a 93-yard score. Wolverines leads 7-0 with 11:03 remaining in the first quarter.
12:03: Thorne struggles in the pocket and and R.J. Moten picks off the pass at the three-yard line.
12:00: Michigan wins the coin toss and defers. Michigan State starts with the ball.
Michigan vs. Michigan State start time
- Kickoff: Noon ET
- TV channel (national): Fox
- Live stream: Fox Sports App, fuboTV
Michigan vs. Michigan State will kick off at noon ET from Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich.
The rivalry game will be broadcast nationally on Fox with Gus Johnson handling play-by-play duties and Joel Klatt joining him in the booth as the main analyst. Jenny Taft will also appear on the broadcast as the sideline reporter.
College football schedule Week 9
|Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|No. 2 Cincinnati at Tulane||Noon||ESPN2, fuboTV|
|No. 6 Michigan at No. 8 Michigan State||Noon||Fox, fuboTV|
|No. 9 Iowa at Wisconsin||Noon||ESPN, fuboTV|
|Texas at No. 16 Baylor||Noon||ABC, fuboTV|
|Miami at No. 17 Pitt||Noon||ACC Network, fuboTV|
|No. 22 Iowa State at West Virginia||2 p.m.||Big 12/ESPN+|
|No. 1 Georgia at Florida||3:30 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Texas Tech at No. 4 Oklahoma||3:30 p.m.||ABC, fuboTV|
|Colorado at No. 7 Oregon||3:30 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Duke at No. 13 Wake Forest||4 p.m.||ACCN, fuboTV|
|No. 10 Ole Miss at No. 18 Auburn||7 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
|No. 12 Kentucky at Mississippi State||7 p.m.||SEC Network, fuboTV|
|Kansas at No. 15 Oklahoma State||7 p.m.||Fox Sports 1, fuboTV|
|No. 19 SMU at Houston||7 p.m.||ESPN2, fuboTV|
|No. 20 Penn State at No. 5 Ohio State||7:30 p.m.||ABC, fuboTV|
|North Carolina at No. 11 Notre Dame||7:30 p.m.||NBC, Peacock fuboTV|
|Virginia at No. 25 BYU||10:15 p.m.||ESPN2, fuboTV|
|Fresno State at No. 21 San Diego State||10:30 p.m.||CBS Sports Network, fuboTV|
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