Michigan's Brady Hoke: 'We obviously have not done our part in the (Michigan State) rivalry'
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan football coach Brady Hoke won't be providing any bulletin board material aimed at stoking Michigan State's fire this week.
That doesn't mean, though, that he won't be offering a few nuggets to get his team going.
Hoke won't talk much about his team's current four-game losing streak to the Spartans, but then again, he really doesn't have to.
"We obviously have not done our part in the rivalry, from the Michigan standpoint," Hoke said Tuesday during the Big Ten coaches' teleconference. "We've got to play better, we've got to coach better."
Unlike his East Lansing counterpart, Mark Dantonio, Hoke has been very quiet publicly on his thoughts regarding the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry.
Asked earlier this week if the MSU game has began to find even footing with the Michigan-Ohio State game, Hoke repeatedly said, "They're all important."
As for Saturday, Hoke says Michigan will have to find a way to get Denard Robinson going against the Spartans -- something that hasn't happened in either of his two starts against Michigan State.
But don't expect the Wolverines to scrap their offense and change everything. Hoke says Michigan will find a way to beat MSU by working from within its own current system.
"We kind of are who we are, if you look at what we do offensively, trying to get (Robinson) some carries obviously," he said. "(Michigan State has) done a tremendous job, they're playing great defense again which isn't surprising.
"We've got to stay with what we know, what we believe, is going to be the most successful for us and (be) who we are."