Michigan Ranked As A Top State For College Rivalries
Are you a Wolverine or a Spartan? It’s a fair and common question many Michigan residents get. To prepare for this most exciting time of the year in sports (where all major sports are played simultaneously), Saturday Down South detailed the best rivalry in college sports, and Michigan schools ranked highly.
What goes into a great college rivalry? For some schools, it’s all about squaring off against another major program from a bordering state. Usually, each of these schools has had success in recent years. This only intensifies the battles and bragging rights. Think the New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox, but applicable to colleges.
In Saturday Down South’s feature, the biggest in-state rivalry in Michigan is applicable to practically every sport the schools have.
Michigan vs. Michigan State Ranked #8
The Fab Five in basketball and Tom Brady in football are just some of the legendary names to come out of the University of Michigan programs. In East Lansing, Michigan State claims Magic Johnson, and Kirk Cousins, to name a few. “This rivalry can get downright dangerous,” Saturday Down South states.
College basketball is about to tipoff. Michigan State comes into the season ranked #4. However, the Wolverines are absent from the top 25 at this time. The Spartans have won the championship twice, with 16 Big Ten titles. Whereas, the maize and blue have one championship and 15 Big Ten titles. This year, January 30th should be circled on your calendar. This is the first meeting of these rivals on the court this season. They will then square off again 18 days later.
In women’s basketball, Michigan State leads the all-time rivalry record here. They have won 73 times to Michigan’s 25. These two women’s teams will play each other on January 27 and February 18, 2024.
Though basketball is what lies ahead, don’t sleep on their football history. Although this year was one-sided (49-0 in favor of Michigan), the teams have split the last four games, winning two each. The history of this game dates all the way back to 1898.