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Seasons turn on game against Spartans

Losses to Michigan State the past two seasons have sent Michigan into a tailspin

Updated: October 13, 2011, 11:30 AM ET
By Chantel Jennings | WolverineNation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Michigan/Michigan State rivalry game is always a benchmark on each team's schedule. But recently for No. 11 Michigan, it has been more of a scar than anything else.

In 2010, the Wolverines spent four weeks ranked in the top 25 before playing then-No. 17 Michigan State. And after losing that game, Michigan dropped out of the rankings and went 2-5 through the rest of its schedule.

In 2009, after winning just two games, Michigan cracked the AP Top 25 and spent ...

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