One Michigan player enjoys watching MSU lose, but wants Ohio State to win
There’s no love lost between the B1G East powers.
When any combination of Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State are squaring off, it’s must-see TV. The tri-rivalry was expected to be just as good, if not better than last year. But with Michigan State in the midst of a free-fall, it appears the MSU games lost some of their usual big-time implications.
Michigan offensive lineman Kyle Kalis was asked about his intrastate rival’s quick decline. He didn’t mince words.
“Makes me happy,” Kalis said on Monday. “Makes me happy.”
Kalis probably isn’t alone in that department. Considering the fact that MSU won seven of the last eight games in the series, there are plenty of Wolverines that would take extra joy in regaining the state title.
Kalis felt a little different about Michigan’s other rivalry.
He, along with Jim Harbaugh and probably many other Wolverines, watched the Ohio State-Wisconsin thriller on Saturday night. Kalis admitted that he wanted to see OSU remain unbeaten.
“I want them to win all the way until we play them,” Kalis said of Ohio State. “I know some of the guys were wishing them to lose. I mean, it’s hard not to. A little part of me was hoping they’d lose. I’m glad they won. I want to make the game as meaningful as possible.”
The 2016 version of Michigan-Ohio State is shaping up to be perhaps the biggest game between the two teams since 2006 when they squared off as No. 1 and No. 2. Both teams will likely be double-digit favorites in every game until they meet on Nov. 26.
If Kalis has it his way, there won’t be any roadblocks for either team until then.