Michigan State heads into this weekend’s rivalry matchup with Michigan a 24 1/2-point underdog.
That means an upset of the No. 2 Wolverines would be completely unprecedented in the Spartans’ history, right? Wrong.
WARNING: Ohio State fans, stop reading now.
As Chris Fallica — better known as “The Bear” on College GameDay — points out, Michigan State overcame even worse odds in 1998 when it beat the Buckeyes in Columbus.
Last time Michigan State was this big of an underdog was 1998 when Spartans pulled off an upset of No. 1 Ohio State as a 27.5 point dog.
— Chris Fallica (@chrisfallica) October 27, 2016
Ohio State looked nearly unstoppable that year, led by greats Orlando Pace, Joe Germaine and David Boston. The preseason top-ranked Buckeyes rolled right through the first eight games of their schedule, and a home game against 4-4 Michigan State was considered an afterthought.
Then this happened:
Might we see something similar on Saturday? It’s improbable, but certainly not impossible. The 1998 Ohio State Buckeyes can attest to that.