Harbaugh Cites Michigan's Overall Success In Defending Struggles Against Rivals

Justice Hill

Justice Hill

Two years later, Michigan thought its Michigan State troubles were over. They're the team on the upswing again.

It's the first weekly honor for Bachie, and he is the first Michigan State player to win the defensive award since linebacker Jon Reschke on November 23, 2015.

The weather conditions may be to blame for some of Michigan's offensive problems Saturday.

O'Korn started against Michigan State on Saturday, going 16-for-35 for 198 yards and three interceptions in the game.

"This is a game we play every year and the defense plays a huge role in it no matter what", senior linebacker Chris Frey said.

When Michigan travels to Bloomington this week to take on IN, they will be hoping to rebound from Saturday's 14-10 loss to Michigan State. MI needed a miracle of its own on Saturday to beat the Spartans, but it wasn't to be. But Michigan State did get obliterated at home by Notre Dame.

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Matthew Stafford had played consistently well this season and I like the way the Lions defense is creating turnovers. GROUND GAINS: Detroit is slowly improving its running game, going from among the NFL's worst to relatively average.

Last fall, several players expressed their form of protest through raising their fists, but the team has never quite put on a display of unity such as this before.

Michigan State has been able to own this series at the betting window, but the Wolverines got things back in their favor past year and I think it continues tonight.

UNDER CENTER: Michigan quarterback John O'Korn will make his first start of the season, filling in for Wilton Speight, who is out indefinitely with an undisclosed injury. Lewerke scored from 14 yards when he scrambled up the middle and dived into the end zone. MI will need much better production from the quarterback moving forward if they hope to bounce back from the loss. The Spartans have held Iowa and MI to a combined 20 points and have allowed 14 or less points in three of its four games this season overall. Michigan State has won seven of the last nine in this series while covering the spread in eight of those nine games.

One is the Spartans' 3-9 season in 2016 was an aberration.

EUGENE, Ore. - Luke Falk threw for 282 yards and three TDs, Erik Powell had four field goals and Washington State (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) held OR (4-2, 1-2) scoreless after the first quarter. Of course, the Buckeyes are now three spots above them in the latest poll, highest among one-loss teams. That record took another hit on Saturday night when then-No. Brian Lewerke was uninspiring at quarterback, going 11-of-22 for 94 yards and a touchdown. Lewerke has at least one touchdown pass in his last six games. Michigan State is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten, also owning a home win vs. Iowa.

Virginia Tech moved up one spot to No. 15, just ahead of No. 16 Notre Dame and MI, which tumbled 10 spots to No. 17. Karan Higdon gained 65 yards on 12 carries for the Wolverines (4-1, 1-1). In the loss to Michigan State, the Wolverines committed 5 turnovers.

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