The Legends Division of the Big 10 is on the line and for six Redskins it’s personal.
While they may have to check score updates on their phones during the team’s flight to the City of Brotherly Love, there will be no love lost for about 3 hours when Nebraska and Michigan State duke it out this afternoon.
With Kirk Cousins and Trenton Robinson proudly defending the honor of Michigan State and Roy Helu Jr., Will Compton, Niles Paul and Adam Carriker pulling out their old Cornhusker hats, expect some friendly banter over alma mater supremacy.
This game wouldn’t have this severe implication of a possible spot in the conference championship game if it weren’t for the ole sports cliché of anything can happen.
Just two weeks ago, Michigan State faced their in-state counterparts, the University of Michigan, in a battle for Mitten State bragging rights. Sparta came out on top easily over a school that’s historically had their number.
It was the fifth time in six years, however, that Michigan State knocked off Michigan. Three of the five victories came with Cousins’ leading the way.
“As Michigan State has been able to put themselves under the map under coach Mark Dantonio it lends itself to a much greater rivalry,” Cousins said. “Prior to him getting there, they had lost a bunch in a row. The all-time series weighed heavily in favor of the Maize and Blue. Now that Michigan State has won five of the last six it adds some spice to the rivalry because ‘Little Brother’ as they like to call it has started to grow up.”
‘Little Brother’ has since taken the name as bulletin board material.
“When I was redshirting they beat us and Mike Hart made the comment after the game that they view us as the ‘Little Brother’ and it’s kind of always been there and I think to some degree Michigan State takes offense to it, but also takes pride in it in the sense that its sort of a rally cry and a motivator.
“I think that they came out and said that again the week before the game certainly motivated the guys in green.”
The guys in green are playing the guys in red that needed a miraculous Hail Mary with no time remaining on the scoreboard to defeat Northwestern and put themselves in position for today’s all-important showdown.
Despite being unable to see the game due to professional obligations, both Helu Jr. and Compton are still raving about it. I even caught Will watching the replay on his phone.
“I didn’t see it that day I watched the highlight, but it’s crazy,” Compton said.
“That was a helluva play. It was pretty awesome,” Helu Jr. echoed.
So what are the predictions for today’s tilt?
Well I was hoping for some friendly wagers of the losers having to wear the winner’s apparel or singing the fight song in front of a recording camera, but sadly there’s none of that.
“It’s going to be a battle,” Helu Jr. said looking down the row of lockers to Cousins’. “They’re two opponents that have played each other hard the last couple of years and when you’ve got that on the line who knows.
“That’s why you play the game.”
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