ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jim Harbaugh has been around the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry before. And in the 34 years since he was first a part of it, he hasn’t seen it change.
“It’s always been a tremendous, tremendous rivalry for both schools, two great institutions,” the Michigan coach and former Wolverines quarterback said during Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference. “For our state and for our communities. I feel it’s that way when I was a player, I feel that way as a coach, and it will be that way in the future.
“It was, is, and will be a happening.”
No. 2 Michigan (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) plays noon ET Saturday at Michigan State (2-5, 0-4).
Harbaugh joined the Wolverines in 1982 and redshirted that season. In his time in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines went 4-1 against the Spartans. In 1986, Harbaugh’s senior year, Michigan defeated Michigan State 27-6.
“I participated in it, and played in it, for Bo (Schembechler) and knew his thoughts on the rivalry game,” Harbaugh said. “A healthy, fair, honest competition.”