Historically, Michigan has been better than its rival Michigan State. The Wolverines have more bowl wins, more overall wins and more national titles than Sparty, and they lead the all-time series 69-36-5.
However, the script has been flipped lately. Michigan State has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two schools dating back to 2008.
In that time frame, Michigan State has won three Big Ten titles. Michigan? They've won zero.
Recent history might explain why Michigan State running back L.J. Scott called out Michigan as "our little sisters" during this week's Big Ten Media Days. Scott was asked about the rivalry, and said the lack of respect from Michigan fans and players is palpable.
"It's just like we get no respect when it comes to them," Scott said. "And I learned that when I first got here as a freshman."
Pressed for why that is the case, Scott fired his shot.
"I don't know, probably because they're our little sisters, I guess," he said.
You can see the full video of Scott's quotes below, courtesy of Andrew Vailliencourt.
Clearly, these two teams don't like each other. The fan bases don't either.
Michigan and Michigan State will renew their rivalry on Oct. 20 in East Lansing. Michigan actually beat the Spartans two years ago when the game was last played at Michigan State.
This year's game figures to factor heavily in the Big Ten East race.