Payton Thorne and Harlon Barnett are hearing a lot of chatter from Michigan players ahead of the big rivalry game in Week 9. Michigan State (3-4) is set to go on the road in Week 9 to take on No. 4 Michigan (7-0).

Thorne has stated he has been hearing talk from Michigan players for two weeks but was brief in his response. Coach Barnett — the secondary coach for the Spartans — said this summer has been the first time he’s heard Michigan players say that defeating the Spartans was a priority this season.

Michigan State has defeated Michigan in head-to-head matchups in each of the past two seasons. Last season, the Spartans defeated the Wolverines 37-33 thanks to a great performance from running back Kenneth Walker III, who rushed for 197 yards and 5 touchdowns on 23 carries.

Despite Michigan State winning the last two matchups, Michigan holds a commanding 71-38-5 series lead.

We’ll see what’s in store this Saturday. It should be a raucous environment in Ann Arbor after the Big House hosted the rivalry without fans during the 2020 season.