Big Ten Network to produce Michigan-Michigan State rivalry documentary this fall

Chris Solari
Detroit Free Press
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, greets Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio at midfield before their college football game, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in East Lansing.

CHICAGO — The Michigan-Michigan State rivalry is getting the documentary treatment.

New Big Ten Network president Francois McGillicuddy announced Thursday a plan to dig into the state’s football and men’s basketball programs with a documentary entitled “Divided We Stand.”

“(The rivalry) means a lot to me,” said MSU senior defensive end Kenny Willekes, who is from Rockford. “Being from Michigan and going back home, that’s what people want to talk about, that’s what people always talk about. You’re either on one side of the fence or the other – Michigan or Michigan State.”

There is no planned air date as of yet, but McGillicuddy said it will air on both BTN and Fox Sports 1.

The Wolverines host the Spartans in football on Nov. 16 in Ann Arbor. Game time is to be determined.

MSU coach Mark Dantonio is 8-4 against U-M in his first 12 seasons, though the Wolverines have beaten the Spartans in two of the last three years. Last year’s 21-7 Michigan win evened Jim Harbaugh’s coaching record against the Spartans to 2-2.

“Whoever wins that year has bragging rights for a year – that’s something you don’t want to be on the wrong side of going back home and having to face the people,” Willekes said. “It’s just a different game. It’s just a different atmosphere in that game. You can tell there’s a lot on the line.

“They don’t like us, we don’t like them. You can tell each and every snap of that game that it’s a battle."

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