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Mel Tucker Joined A Very Elite Club With Today's Win

Mel Tucker on the sidelines with a headset on for Colorado.

BOULDER, COLORADO - NOVEMBER 23: Head coach Mel Tucker of the Colorado Buffaloes watches as his team plays the Washington Huskies in the fourth quarter at Folsom Field on November 23, 2019 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Saturday was a huge day for Mel Tucker and his Michigan State team.

After a crushing upset loss to Rutgers in their opening game of the season, the Spartans took down in-state rival No. 13 Michigan 27-24 in a major upset of their own.

With this win, coach Tucker joins a short list of Michigan State coaches. According to ESPN, Tucker and Nick Saban are the only Spartan coaches to defeat Michigan on their first attempt.

The mirroring of the two coaches doesn't stop there. In Nick Saban's first season with Michigan State in 1995, the legendary coach also lost his season opener before going on to take down the Wolverines. After Michigan State's 2020 season opening loss and Michigan's decisive season opening win, the Wolverines were favored by 25 points in Saturday's matchup. This blowout prediction clearly didn't turn out to be the case. The rivalry game was closely contested throughout. In fact, the lead never reached more than one possession in either direction. Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi had a monster game throwing for 323 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions, helping the Spartans edge out Michigan for a three-point victory. Unfortunately for Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, he made some coaching history of his own. Harbaugh's record against Big Ten rivals Michigan State and Ohio State now sits at a disappointing 1-6. Michigan has now dropped three of the last four games to Michigan State in the Big House.

All rankings and predictions go out the window when two great rivals meet. Tucker and Michigan State proved that on Saturday.