Detroit Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson currently leads all NFL rookies in sacks.
While the second overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft certainly attacks opposing offensive linemen with a fiery relentlessness, it appears Hutchinson isn't adding any extra fuel to the fire when speaking about this weekend's rivalry game between Michigan and Michigan State.
"I don’t think I can speak too much of it. Now that I’m a Lion, I feel like I unite Michigan and Michigan State fans, so I’m not gonna speak too much on it. But I’ll be tuned in. That’s for sure," Hutchison said Thursday, according to The Athletic's Colton Pouncy.
Hutchinson, a University of Michigan defensive lineman from 2018-2021, certainly knows how much this weekend's game means to both schools.
One of college football's oldest rivalries, Michigan versus Michigan State has presented some of the most epic and dramatic moments from any college rivalry throughout the course of the past several seasons.
In 2021, Hutchinson's final year at Michigan, both Michigan schools were undefeated coming into the late-October rivalry game. In an unforgettable comeback fueled by five Kenneth Walker touchdowns, Michigan State walked away victorious 37-33.
This season, though, Michigan is 7-0 and is ranked among the best teams in college football. On the other hand, Michigan State has struggled this year, losing four of their past five games leading up to this weekend's matchup.
Michigan hopes to snap a two-game losing streak to the Spartans on Saturday night at Michigan Stadium.