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Michigan-Michigan State week big for two Wings

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

A lot of attention has been give to the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions this week. And rightly so. It’s not every year that the Tigers are in the MLB postseason, and heck, Dwight Eisenhower was POTUS the last time the Lions had an undefeated record this late in the season.


But where’s the love for this Saturday’s football game between No. 11 Michigan and No. 23 Michigan State?

However, with two Spartans in the Red Wings’ locker room, Saturday’s Big Ten battle – with first-place implications on the line in the newly formed Legends Division – wouldn’t slip by unnoticed.
“It’s a huge weekend,” said Wings forward Drew Miller. “It’s one of those weekends that people look forward to. I think both teams are doing very well, so far. I know Michigan is doing a little better in the rankings, but we both have some big wins. This is something that I think both teams get up for. It’ll be a good, competitive game, and the score will be relatively close.”

Miller’s fellow MSU alum, Justin Abdelkader is a big college football fan, who believes that his Spartans will win if they can stop Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson.

“He’s like a Vince Young-type of player,” said Abdelkader, referring to the former University of Texas QB.

The Wings should just be returning to their team hotel from Saturday’s morning skate in St. Paul in time to catch the second half of the college football game. Even though the game hasn’t received the media attention that it usually does, both Wings said they will try to watch the game, if they can.

“Obviously, with the Lions, and then the Tigers in the playoffs, I think everyone has been so into those guys, that there hasn’t been much Michigan-Michigan State talk, which is fine,” Abdelkader said. “But once Friday and Saturday come around, I think everyone will start getting hyped up for the football game.”


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