Spartans in a tough spot: They need to root for the Michigan football team
For one day, Michigan State football fans may root for Michigan.
The Spartans (8-2, 5-1) are in control of the Legends Division of the Big Ten Conference and can clinch a berth in the first league title game Saturday if two things happen.
1. Michigan State needs to beat visiting Indiana.
2. The Spartans need Michigan to beat Nebraska.
So should Michigan State fans feel OK rooting for Michigan? Lansing State Journal reporter Joe Rexrode gives them permission.
Perhaps it's preferable for the MSU fan to see the Spartans win twice to clinch it on their own, while the Wolverines lose twice and fall to irrelevance. But the fact is, you can't assume an MSU win at Northwestern in the regular-season finale. You should take it any way you can get it.