In yet another huge upset on Saturday, the Michigan State Spartans pulled off the upset of their hated rivals the Michigan Wolverines in a game that will likely end coach Jim Harbaugh’s national title hopes.
Jim Harbaugh drops to 1-4 against Michigan's top rivals, Michigan State and Ohio State (0-3 at home) pic.twitter.com/bR4EQlW3Ia
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 8, 2017
A wildly enthusiastic crowd of around 112,000 packed the stadium in Ann Arbor as they hoped that the seventh-ranked Wolverines could parlay a win into a rise in the national rankings following Oklahoma’s stunning home loss to Iowa State earlier in the day.
But Sparty spoiled the party and on a rainy night, sent the loyalists stumbling out to their cars wondering what the hell went wrong.
It didn’t help matters that Wolverines starter Wilton Speight suffered three broken vertebrae against Purdue in the previous game and was lost for the year.
Michigan’s offense was nothing short of putrid on Saturday night and it couldn’t all be contributed to inclement weather. Speight’s backup John O’Korn threw three picks and finished with an abhorrent 19.9 quarterback rating.
The Spartans didn’t need much against an offense that was that inept and eked out the 14-10 win that allowed them to leapfrog their intrastate in the power rankings after Michigan dropped 14 spots.
Michigan State took over at the Big House … again. pic.twitter.com/DQQriAReNu
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 8, 2017
While it is still possible for Michigan to regain some ground with still plenty of time in the season, it won’t be easy with a lousy quarterback and upcoming games against Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State.