Michigan-MSU pregame included LOGO STOMPING, alleged CLOTHESLINE

The two rivals did not play nice before their noon kickoff.

Long before Michigan and Michigan State’s 12 p.m. ET kickoff on Saturday, the Spartans and Wolverines were getting all mad and chippy on the field at Spartan Stadium.

One thing: Michigan linebacker Devin Bush relentlessly kicking the Spartan logo at midfield, dragging his spikes across it to rip out grass:

(Bush still needed to play a game on that field, and maybe it’s not the safest thing to create divots in the grass within two hours of kickoff, but that’s just my opinion.)

The Wolverines have longstanding issues with the field at this stadium. Four years ago, they jammed a spike into the ground there before the game.

Mark Dantonio, who owns Michigan, later had his players run up the score in MSU’s 35-11 win. Then he criticized Brady Hoke’s program after the game.

Another thing Saturday: Michigan State was taking its customary pregame walk across its home field, with pretty much the entire team linking arms. Some Michigan players were on the field warming up at this point, and a few of them just opted to not move:

The Spartans’ walk continued mostly unabated, but not without drama:

So, the Wolverines don’t sound happy about that. Surely they’ll respond by beating Michigan State in a businesslike fashion and not losing another upset to their in-state foes.