Game 8 Preview: Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans

Michigan Game 8 Preview

Michigan rivalry week is here, as it’s Big Brother against Little Brother. The Wolverines are coming in off a 52-7 win over the Indiana Hoosiers last weekend. The Spartans are coming in off a loss to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, a game in which Michigan State gave up 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, leading to the 27-24 loss.

Michigan Wolverines 7-0 (4-0 Big Ten) vs. Michigan State 2-4 (0-3 Big Ten)

Date: Saturday, October 21
  7:30 p.m. EST
TV Channel: NBC
Location: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Line: Wolverines -24 / O/U: 46

2023 Team Stats


2023 Record — 7-0 (4-0 in Big Ten)
2023 Offense (Big Ten Rank) 
Total Yards: 2896 (2)
Passing Yards: 1622 (5)
Rushing Yards: 1,274 (1)
2023 Defense (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 1632 (3)
Passing Yards Allowed: 995 (3)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 637 (3)
2023 Points Scored: 276 (1)
2023 Points Allowed: 47 (1)
2023 Ranking: 2

 Michigan State:

2023 Record — 2-4 (0-3 in Big Ten)
2023 Offense (Big Ten Rank) 
Total Yards: 2102 (9)
Passing Yards: 1622 (6)
Rushing Yards: 712 (12)
2023 Defense (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 2004 (6)
Passing Yards Allowed: 1315 (8)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 689 (5)
2023 Points Scored: 132 (11)
2023 Points Allowed: 146 (9)
2023 Ranking: 63

Series History/All-Time Records

All-time head-to-head record: Michigan 72-38-5
Current streak: Michigan has won one straight
Last Michigan win: 2022 (29-7)
Last Minnesota win: 2021 (37-33)

2023 Player Stats

Michigan Wolverines

Passing: J.J. McCarthy- 111-142, 1512 yards, 14-3 (TD-INT)
Rushing: Blake Corum – 96 ATT, 546 YDS, 12 TD
Receiving: Roman Wilson – 25 REC, 396 YDS, 9 TD
Tackles: Junior Colson – 34 (15-19)
Sacks: Jaylen Harrell – 3.5
Interceptions: Mike Sainristil & Keon Sabb – 2

Michigan State

Passing: Noah Kim – 91-160, 1090 YDS, 6-6 (TD-INT)
Rushing: Noah Carter – 113 ATT, 529 YDS, 4 TD
Receiving: Montorie Foster Jr. – 24 REC, 274 YDS, 1 TD
Tackles: Cal Haladay – 41 (13-28)
Sacks: Aaron Brule & Brandon Wright – 2
Interceptions: Angelo Grose & Jaden Mangham – 2

Michigan Players To Watch:

Offense: Running Back – Blake Corum – Senior

The Spartans’ run defense ranks fifth in the Big Ten, and last season, he rushed for 177 yards on 33 carries against Michigan State. This season, he has only rushed for over 100 yards once, which came in Michigan’s third game against Bowling Green, and he fell three yards short against Rutgers. Look for Corum to have an explosive game this week and get himself going in the right direction before the schedule gets tough in November.

Defense: EDGE – Jaylen Harrell – Senior

Harrell leads Michigan in sacks with 3.5 and is a key cog to this defense that ranks third in the Big Ten in rush yards allowed and a defense that ranks as one of the best in the country in points against as they average 6.7 points allowed per game.

Bottom Line: Michigan Wolverines looks to win rivalry game before the Bye

The Michigan Wolverines will enter the challenging part of their schedule in November when they face Penn State and Ohio State, who will also face off this weekend. Michigan now has to deal with allegations of sign stealing entering this rivalry game; hopefully, they can block out the noise and come out and play their best game in this one. Despite Michigan State’s record, they will come out ready to go in this one with it being a rivalry game, and they don’t want to be blown out again by their rival.


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