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Team's Statue Area Vandalized In Anticipation Of Rivalry Week

The Spartan Statue on Michigan State's campus.

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 08: The Spartan statue is seen prior to the game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Purdue Boilermakers at Spartan Stadium on November 8, 2008 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

It's rivalry week for Michigan and Michigan State, as the Wolverines and the Spartans are set to meet in East Lansing, Mich.

Rivalry week typically includes some off-the-field action from the opposing fan bases. And, unsurprisingly, we have it.

Reports say that the area around Michigan State's Spartan statute has been vandalized:

From the Lansing State Journal:

Michigan State's beloved Sparty statue has remained safe during rivalry week, but the surrounding area has not, police said.

Michigan State University Police were called Tuesday just before 4 a.m. to the area of the Sparty statue for a report of vandalism, Capt. Doug Monette said.

They found a blue "M" spray painted on the sidewalk near the statue, likely in support of the University of Michigan.

Monette said the investigation is open and ongoing.

More details can be seen here:

Kickoff is set for noon on Saturday.

The game will be on FOX.