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Desmond Howard Shares His Thoughts On Michigan vs. Michigan State This Saturday

Desmond Howard

On paper, Michigan should have a great chance to avenge last season's loss to Michigan State when the two rivals meet this weekend. 

The Spartans, currently 3-4, have crashed back to earth after last year's 11-2 season. The Wolverines are 7-0. The game will be played in Michigan Stadium, and the home team is favored by a whopping 23 points.

But one notable Michigan alum is "worried" about the Wolverines.

Former Heisman Trophy winner and current college football analyst Desmond Howard predicted on ESPN's "Get Up" Friday that the Spartans will treat this game as "their national championship" and could give Michigan a close game.

“Weird things happen in this game, so you’re always worried,” Howard said. "I spoke to some Michigan fans, and they said this is always one of those crazy games. You don’t look at the record, you don’t look at the past games as far as what the team has done earlier this season. Look at Michigan State. Michigan State was on a four-game losing skid until week ago, and they beat Wisconsin in overtime.

“You don’t even look at that film, because you know the team that you’re gonna get in Ann Arbor on Saturday night is not gonna be the Michigan State team that lost those four games in a row. You’re gonna get their best shot, this is their national championship. And you have to approach it, as a Michigan Wolverine, the same exact way.”

While Howard is correct that Michigan State snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Wisconsin on Saturday, toppling Michigan would be a much more difficult task. 

The Badgers are 4-4 and fired head coach Paul Chryst earlier this season. Michigan, meanwhile, has won its seven games by an average of more than 30 points.

The Wolverines should be hungry for revenge, too, after the Spartans pulled off an improbable comeback last season, overcoming a 30-14 second-half deficit to win 37-33.

Strange things happen in college football rivalry games, and Michigan would be wise to heed the cautions of its former star. 

But if the Wolverines did fall to the Spartans, it would mark one of the biggest upsets of the 2022 season.