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:
Devin Bush was ruining the Michigan State logo at midfield before the game. pic.twitter.com/dx7GqdwplX
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) October 20, 2018
(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.
“Them putting a spear in a field before the game is not a product of their team but their program.” – Dantonio on the UofM Pregame spear.
— Rico Beard (@RicoBeard) October 25, 2014
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:
Interesting way to start things today. Michigan players don’t move for MSU’s pregame walk. pic.twitter.com/zJPgVfgvTj
— Matt Wenzel (@mwenzel2) October 20, 2018
The Spartans’ walk continued mostly unabated, but not without drama:
#Michigan spokesman says MSU players were 10 minutes late to the field for their march, “close lined” Lawrence Marshall and ripped the head phones off Lavert Hill.
— Aaron McMann (@AaronMcMann) October 20, 2018
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.