82 Days Until Kickoff - Quite A Decade For The Green And White

82 Days Until Kickoff - Quite A Decade For The Green And White

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82 Days Until Kickoff - Quite A Decade For The Green And White

Over the last ten years, Michigan State’s 8-2 record against UMAA speaks for itself…

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@MSU_Football continues its terrific 100-day countdown to kickoff with a great play on the 82-day mark which can be found below.

Why would we NOT celebrate the 8-2 record against UMAA over these last ten years?

Why would we NOT point out the 8-2 record against UMAA over these last ten years every chance we have?

Why would we NOT be happy to show that we focus on, obsess over, and think about the 8-2 record against UMAA over these last ten years?

It is that very focus, obsession, and constant thought on the part of the entire Michigan State community that leads to the 8-2 record against UMAA over these last ten years.

UMAA loves to point out to everyone – quite often, actually – that the rivalry with Michigan State isn’t really a rivalry, doesn’t really matter to them, and that they have games that are far more meaningful than the annual matchup with Michigan State.

That’s great.

We appreciate the approach they take.

UMAA – please feel free to continue to downplay the annual matchup.

It’s been a good strategy for you guys over the last ten years.

As a treat to our SpartansWire readers, here’s a quick snapshot at the last ten years of games between Michigan State and the team that it obsesses over:

2008, game played in Ann Arbor:

Michigan State – 35

UMAA – 21

A fairly close game that never really felt close – not a single Spartan on planet Earth doubted for one second that this game would be won by Michigan State.  The first Spartan victory in Ann Arbor since 1990 – but merely the first of a standard pattern of victories in Ann Arbor for the next ten years.

2009, game played in East Lansing:

UMAA – 20

Michigan State – 26

UMAA managed to tie the score at the end of regulation behind the wizardry of yet another flame out, Tate Forcier.

Larry Caper put a capper on what was inevitable that afternoon – and back to back Spartan victories for the first time in a long time almost seems quaint now.

2010, game played in Ann Arbor

Michigan State – 34

UMAA – 17

Domination.  Mark Dantonio wouldn’t let a heart attack three weeks prior keep him from leading the Spartans to a final score that didn’t even properly represent the way in which Michigan State overpowered and overmatched UMAA on this afternoon.  The way the UMAA fans booed Dantonio as he made his way onto the field demonstrated great UMAA class, too.

2011, game played in East Lansing

UMAA – 14

Michigan State – 28

Isaiah Lewis snagged a typically errant pass from UMAA’s Denard Robinson and returned it for a touchdown that sealed this workmanlike win, the fourth in a row for State.

2012, game played in Ann Arbor.

Michigan State – 10

UMAA – 12

For the first time since 2007, UMAA managed to get the best of the Spartans.  Without scoring a touchdown, UMAA won behind four field goals that were converted by a guy who was under investigation of sexual assault and never should have even been allowed to play the game.  But, Michigan State tips its cap to UMAA for eeking out the win.

2013, game played in East Lansing.

UMAA – 6

Michigan State – 29

The final score never will properly tell the story of this complete bludgeoning of UMAA.  Men versus boys.  Varsity versus Junior Varsity.  Michigan State versus UMAA.

2014, game played in East Lansing.

UMAA – 11

Michigan State – 35

Aside from the pummel job Michigan State put on UMAA on this day (and, like many of these wins, the final score doesn’t even capture what a true physical beating was put on UMAA), there were some in Maize & Blue that whined about how this was the second straight game played in East Lansing.  Memo to UMAAers – from 1898 through 1957, this annual game was played in Ann Arbor 46 times and East Lansing 6 times.  Handkerchiefs for your whining and your tears stemming from the back to back East Lansing games in 2013 and 2014 can be bought at any local Meier.

2015, game played in Ann Arbor.

Michigan State – 27

UMAA – 23

Jalen Watts-Jackson.  And, as we’ll detail on SpartansWire in great detail soon, if the Australian model punter for UMAA would have actually handled the snap properly, that kick was going down and it was going down hard as the entire Spartan defense was barreling down on that guy like a freight train – the kick was going to be blocked.  And Jake Butt was completely and utterly destroyed by the Spartans and he’s gotten off scot-free in every piece ever written about what is and always will be a Michigan State victory for the ages.

2016, game played in East Lansing.

UMAA – 32

Michigan State – 23

In Michigan State’s worst season in over three decades, UMAA manages to get a win in East Lansing.  Once again, we tip our caps to the UMAAers.  Nice job.

2017, game played in Ann Arbor.

Michigan State – 14

UMAA – 10

UMAA was favored by 14 points and this was, of course, going to be the day when the earth returned to its proper axis and UMAA reclaimed it’s self-anointed place of royalty. Too bad Michigan State showed up and played football. And to all of the UMAAers who are still whining about the icky rain and the mean wind – once again, handkerchiefs can be purchased rather cheaply at any local Meier.

2018, game to be played in East Lansing.

We can’t wait.

 

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