EAST LANSING, Mich. – Mark Dantonio is 8-3 against Michigan since taking over as Michigan State’s coach – a mark that has done plenty to endear him to the fans in East Lansing.
Saturday night’s 14-10 win at Michigan vaulted Michigan State into the Top 25, and the No. 21 Spartans have taken a big step toward putting last year’s 3-9 showing behind them.
The only times under Dantonio that Michigan State has lost the next game after Michigan were in 2014, when the Spartans fell to eventual national champion Ohio State, and last year, when a seven-game losing streak derailed their season completely.
Michigan State is favored to win again at Minnesota, and the Spartans are fourth in the nation in total defense.
Michigan State has been held under 20 points in each of its past three games.
Michigan State benefited from five Michigan turnovers – three interceptions and two fumbles – and the Spartans mostly avoided big mistakes on a rainy night.