What they said: Mel Tucker previews Michigan football

It’s a big week for the state of Michigan.

What many call ‘the state championship’, the Spartans will travel to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan.

Michigan vs. Michigan State is one of the best rivalries in all of sports,

there is no love lost between the two teams and both teams want nothing more but to annihilate the other.

Mel Tucker is entering his third season as the Spartans’ head coach.

He is 2-0 against Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines.

But the cards definitely fall in the hands of Michigan in this game.

The Wolverines will enter the game 7-0 on the year and the game will be aired on ABC at 7:30 p.m. — it will be a hostile environment for the Spartans.

Michigan State is having a down year for its standards sitting at 3-4 on the season.

During his weekly press conference, the Michigan State head coach previewed his upcoming opponent, the Michigan Wolverines.

Opening Statement “We all know what this week is. It’s not just another game for us. Our players and staff and fans understand that. Last week we had a chance to practice three days and hit the recruiting trail, which was good for us. 

Opening Statement We are still well received on the recruiting trail and will have a productive recruiting class. We were also out in the community last week with our players and staff. … 

Opening Statement It was great seeing our guys out in the community serving. We had a chance to get our players rested and some guys back healthy.

Early memories of Michigan vs. Michigan State “I just remember knowing that it was a big game. I don’t remember all that much about it other than that it was a big game and a typical rivalry game. I remember that. I’m not sure how much it has changed. It is still a rivalry game and a big game.”

On the win in Ann Arbor in 2020 “Just play complimentary football for sixty minutes. Be tough. Be selfless. Be disciplined. Take care of the football. The week before we played that game, we turned the ball over seven times. We didn’t turn it over that game.”

Shocking the world and beating Michigan on Saturday “I mean we’re going — we’re preparing to go out there and play a game. What does that take? It takes intentional focus. It takes toughness, discipline and selflessness. That’s what it’s takes.

Shocking the world and beating Michigan on Saturday Whether you want to call it ‘circling the wagons,’ a ‘bunker mentality’ or a ‘taking it to the mattresses’ or ‘us against the world’. Whatever you want to call it, it is what it is. Nothing changes.”

On playing in a loud and hostile environment “We’ll use crowd noise in practice this week. We will show them videos. We will make it uncomfortable for them in practice and meetings so they are not overwhelmed when they get to the game.”

What makes the Michigan and Michigan State rivalry different “When it is in-state, it is different. You’re fighting over the same recruits and traveling in the same circles. 

You are getting workplaces divided and households divided.

There are bragging rights and it’s something you talk about every day.

There has not been a day I’ve been here where this game has not come up.

When you are in close proximity, it adds to the intensity of it.”

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