This season, on October 30th, both Jim Harbaugh and Mel Tucker have a chance to change the narratives that surround their schools, as the 7-0, No. 6 Michigan Wolverines square off against the 7-0, No. 8 Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing.
After an embarrassing 2020 season that saw both programs finish at the bottom of the Big Ten standings, 2021 has seen significant changes in East Lansing and Ann Arbor.
Michigan and Michigan State will face off; both ranked in the top-10 and undefeated for the first time. This game, which will kick off at noon, will also be host to College GameDay and is set for the day before Halloween.
Both Mel Tucker of MSU and Jim Harbaugh of Michigan football have much to prove this weekend. Harbaugh, who is 0-1 against Tucker and 3-3 against MSU since taking over at Michigan in 2015, needs to change the narrative surrounding him and his team against top competition in the conference.
A win against a top-10 rival on the road to improve to 8-0 and keep Michigan football’s playoff hopes alive could do just that.
For Tucker, it’s business as usual.
Mel Tucker took a struggling MSU team into the Big House last season and defeated a top-15 Michigan team 27-24 in his first season at the helm in East Lansing, and now, ranked in the top-10 with his eyes on a Big Ten title berth.
Tucker has an opportunity to further establish himself at Michigan State.