It's MSU week. We know our players hate MSU. We know MSU players hate Michigan. Both teams still control their own destiny for winning the B1G.
The general demeanor on the board seems to be that MSU was lucky to beat PSU, didn't look great in their opener against Utah St, and don't have a great chance of winning this weekend. So, let's play devil's advocate:
Why will MSU beat Michigan this weekend?
1. Michigan will be on the road against a ranked team. [Input here the record of Michigan/Harbaugh on the road against ranked teams].
2. Harbaugh vs Dantonio: Harbaugh is 1-2 vs MSU, and Dantonio is 8-2 in the last 10 vs Michigan and is 8-3 in his career at MSU vs Michigan.
3. MSU has the #21 overall Defense according to S&P+, the best Michigan has seen since week 1 vs ND. That defense includes Dowell and Bachie at LB, and Williams/Panasiuk/Willekes in the front 7; the best front 7 Michigan has seen since ND. The defense is also ranked #9 on ESPNs FPI.
4. Although not much of a runner this season (Lewerke only has 83 yards on 55 carries this year; 1.5ypc), he had 61 yards on 15 carries and a TD last year against Michigan, and 24 yards on 3 carries the year before, before he exited with an injury.
5. Felton Davis is a nightmare matchup, at 6'4" 200lbs. He has 474 yards receiving with 4 TDs, including the game winning score vs PSU. He also has 50 rushing yards and a rushing TD (relevant because Michigan gave up two chunk plays to Wisconsin WRs on running plays to the edges).
Anything else? Add your Devil's Advocate thoughts in the comments. This isn't the thread to state why Michigan will win, that will happen in almost every other thread between now and kick off. This thread is to list/vent/explain why you are nervous, what MSU can do to beat Michigan, etc.