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Jim Harbaugh Says Mark Dantonio's Michigan State Tenure Is "One Of The Best Coaching Jobs Ever"

Mark Dantonio and Jim Harbaugh shake hands before a Michigan vs. Michigan State game.

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh Michigan Wolverines shakes hands with head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans prior to the game at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Michigan is the heavy favorite against Michigan State this weekend, but Jim Harbaugh still praised his counterpart Mark Dantonio on Monday.

Speaking with media, Harbaugh called Dantonio's rebuilding of the MSU program “one of the best coaching jobs ever.”

Perhaps there is a bit of hyperbole in what Harbaugh said, but it is tough to argue that Dantonio has been awesome in East Lansing. Since taking over the Spartans in 2007, he's won 11 or more games in a season on five occasions. From 1966-2006, Michigan State won 10 games in a season exactly one time, in 1999.

Dantonio has also led the Spartans to three of the program's nine Big Ten titles, and took them to the College Football Playoff last season. His teams have never missed a bowl game, either, though that streak might end this season. He's also led Michigan State to seven wins over Michigan in the last eight tries, though again, that streak might end soon.

Michigan State (2-5) takes on No. 2 Michigan (7-0) at noon on Saturday at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.