Links: Michigan opens as 11 1/2-point favorite against Michigan State; Wolverines' D continues to rise
The Michigan football team will look to snap its four-game losing streak against Michigan State on Saturday (3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network).
And for the first time since 2006, it'll enter the game as double-digit favorites.
Michigan opened the week as an 11 1/2-point favorite over Michigan State, according to VegasInsider.com.
The last time Michigan was favored by double digits against in-state rival MSU was 2006, when the Wolverines entered the game as a 15-point favorite. The Wolverines won that day, 31-13.
After losing each of its last four meetings against MSU, Michigan is currently saddled with its first four-game losing streak in the series since 1962.
Michigan State has never beaten Michigan in five straight meetings.
A look at a few other Michigan-related links:
• ESPN.com continues to be impressed by Michigan's defensive progress, and now says the Wolverines have the best defense in the Big Ten.
• Michigan State's recent loss and Michigan's relatively average season has taken the national sizzle out of this week's game, writes Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press.
• Denard Robinson keeps setting records and reaching milestones, but it's always news to him, per Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News.
• The Wolverines' latest blueprint for victory -- run the ball, stop everything -- has The Wolverine's John Borton believing that Michigan is starting to finally look like Michigan again.