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Posted on Sat, Oct 3, 2009 : 8:16 a.m.

The mega guide to week 5: A comprehensive look at Michigan at Michigan State

By Pete Bigelow

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University of Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez stands with quarterback Tate Forcier on the field during warm ups before the start of the Wolverines 36-33 win against Indiana University at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.

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WHAT: Michigan (4-0 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) vs. Michigan State (1-3 overall, 0-1 Big Ten).

WHERE: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing.

WHEN: 12:01 p.m., Saturday.

LAST MEETING: Michigan State 35, Michigan 21 (2008).

BROADCAST INFORMATION: Television: Big Ten Network. Radio: WOMC 104.3-FM. WTKA 1050-AM.

RUNDOWN: This was supposed to be the year the Spartans gained ground as the premier Division I-A program in Michigan. Instead, they've sputtered to a 1-3 record, and their window to outshine the Wolverines is closing.

This was supposed to be the year the Wolverines gained nothing but experience, as a crop of young players saw action for the first time. Instead, they've rallied to a 4-0 start and appear headed to a bowl game after a one-year hiatus.

What does that mean for Saturday? Anything goes. It's hard to see anything but another helter-skelter football game for two teams that have already had their share.

While we can't predict the outcome, we can promise a new feature here at AnnArbor.com this week. We've partnered with the Big Ten Network to bring you exclusive highlight videos from Wolverines and other conference games for the rest of the season.

Here's two to whet your appetite: highlights of Michigan-Indiana and Wisconsin-Michigan State.

We'll have video highlights of Michigan-Michigan State online shortly after the game Saturday. In the meantime, here's a recap of all the coverage of this week's game we've had already this week:

FRIDAY (SO FAR)
THURSDAY
WEDNESDAY
TUESDAY
MONDAY
SUNDAY
  • In his weekly "Birk's Eye View" column, Dave Birkett says the Michigan defense remains a concern; Tate Forcier does not.
STATS AND STUFF

Comments

tater

Fri, Oct 2, 2009 : 7:23 p.m.

Thanks to BTN for putting the best game in the conference this week on their crappy, infinitesmal, parochial network and depriving millions of viewers the chance to see it.

stanefm1

Fri, Oct 2, 2009 : 1:46 p.m.

Go Michigan

mmsailor

Fri, Oct 2, 2009 : 12:27 p.m.

THREE CHEERS FOR annarbor.com FOR ADDING VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS!!! GO BLUE!