Michigan says it 'can't underestimate' Michigan State, despite loss to Rutgers
Michigan and Michigan State are entering their Week 2 showdown on opposite ends of the spectrum. The Wolverines are coming off a convincing 49-24 victory over Minnesota on Saturday — last year’s darling of the B1G. The Spartans, on the other hand, fell 38-27 to Rutgers in Mel Tucker’s debut as head coach.
On paper, Michigan appears to be the heavy favorite. And by the eye test, the Wolverines are the better team, as well. But U-M defensive end Aidan Hutchinson says the Wolverines can’t take their arch nemesis lightly, despite the loss to the Scarlet Knights.
“We can’t underestimate them,” Hutchinson said, according to the Detroit News. “At the end of the day, it is a rivalry game. It doesn’t matter who they lost to or who we beat. At the end of the day, it’s who shows up on Saturday.”
Michigan has won the last two meetings against Michigan State and could make it three wins in a row for the first time under Jim Harbaugh. Hutchinson wants to keep his perfect record against the Spartans alive.
“When you enter any program and they have their rivalries, you don’t want to lose any of those games.” Hutchinson said. “I’m 2-0 against them so far and I’m really grateful to have that record against them. We’ve worked really hard for that. We’re just hoping to get the win on Saturday.”
Kickoff between the in-state rivals is set for noon on Saturday.