Spartans upset No. 7 MI in a storm on the road

Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh and starting quarterback Wilton Speight on Saturday will try to avenge last year's shocking loss to Michigan State

Stock down: Michigan. The Wolverines suffered their first loss at home, a mistake-filled outing against Michigan State, and also take a nine-spot plunge to No. 16. They've been doing that since 2007, and that's why Michigan State is 8-3 in games involving the Paul Bunyan Trophy under Dantonio. "He's the leader of our offense, he's the guy who makes our offense go so it's not a surprise at all that he did play a phenomenal game just like he has for the past year and a half that he has been our starting quarterback". Look for Miller to continue leading the 4-1 Tigers to more victories and an appearance in a bowl game. Win, and the entire division is a jumble; most likely, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State would all have one loss, but the Buckeyes and Spartans would be the only of the four teams without a conference defeat, and with Ohio State still left to play the other three East contenders down the stretch.

The Wolverines have shown confidence in O'Korn, who was been a starting quarterback at Houston in 2013 and 2014 and has earned starts the last two seasons at MI. The game and momentum then changed on a Ty Isaac fumble. The fall may be a long one for Jim Harbaugh and Company. MSU quickly turned the turnover into a 7-3 lead with a 14 yard run from QB Brian Lewerke. The betting is going heavily in favor of MI covering the spread with only 23% for the Hoosiers and 77% for the Wolverines. That included a 30-yarder to Darrell Stewart, and Lewerke made a 5-yard run for a first down to get them to the U-M 16.

Through 10 games, MI offensive players have combined to score 10 touchdowns.

The Wolverines kicked a field goal on their first drive, but hardly anything went right on offense the rest of the game.

But as the game reached its climax and the rain soaked everything in its path, one thing became clear - the defense would need to finish the game.

While the loss to the Spartans was the first of the season for the now 4-1 Wolverines, they've been offensively-challenged all season, a notion not helped by some dubious play-calling Saturday.

"We had a ballgame where stuff happens", Harbaugh said.

Michigan: The Wolverines miss Speight more than expected.

Fans can expect a rainy and wet night in Ann Arbor.

Lewerke completed 11 of 22 passes for 94 yards.

Michigan has had two weeks to prepare for Michigan State.

Love had just 75 yards on 15 carries until early in the fourth quarter, being met with three or four Utah defenders at the line of scrimmage on just about every touch. The Badgers once again have a top-10 scoring defense with an elite rushing attack led by Jonathan Taylor. O'Korn is an experienced quarterback who had a bad night against Michigan State. He was asked about that record against rivals, and chose not to address it. Sure, Michigan can still win the Big Ten, but it looks far from Big Ten championship-caliber.

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