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And, in a big way.

Saturday's second shocking home upset came in rain-soaked Ann Arbor, where the Wolverines' vulnerability as a true Big Ten contender was exposed as Michigan State stunned the home crowd with a hard-fought, 14-10 win. Whether it was Jim Harbaugh, offensive coordinator Tim Drevno or passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton, there was never any adjustment to call more short passes, slants, or any sort of misdirection plays that might move the pocket, give O'Korn more time and maybe utilize his skills better. It cost the Wolverines another loss to in-state rival Michigan State and perhaps a shot at oh, so much more. But they also set the tone for a wild month, promising more confusion atop one of college football's toughest divisions. If you want to argue I should have dropped Michigan from my top 10 into barely hanging on status because they lost by four on the road after having better wins than the team that beat them at home, OK. Remember, he came here as a wide-out - you know he played defensive back in high school - but he came here as a wide-out, so a lot of the things that he experienced past year he was experiencing for the first time without really summer camp. Games remain vs. Penn State and at Ohio State (on back-to-back Saturdays in November). It's a well-coached bunch.

Michigan State's one loss this season, in Week 4 to Notre Dame, doesn't look so bad in retrospect now that the Irish are 5-1 and ranked No. 21. Linebacker Joe Bachie was all over the field, with 10 tackles, a sack, a TFL and one interception, which was one of five turnovers the Spartans forced on this day.

"You can't expect to win when you turn it over five times", MI head coach Jim Harbaugh said.

"It's way up there", Dantonio said while holding his hand high above his head when asked where this win ranks. "The momentum can swing and I'm glad we were on the right side of it".

Michigan State continues to scratch out just enough offense. Grant Perry was the team's top receiver, making five receptions for 61 yards. When will backs like LJ Scott and Madre London play bigger roles? While the weather certainly played a big factor in slowing down the already limited MI offense, the Spartans deserved consideration as a potential Big Ten East contender following the victory.

Speight was on the field Saturday at Michigan Stadium prior to the game against Michigan State. Karan Higdon gained 65 yards on 12 carries for the Wolverines (4-1, 1-1). Credit to MI, I think they played extremely well on defense.

SHUTTING IT DOWN: Michigan has not allowed its first four opponents to score in the fourth quarter and is allowing just 13.5 points per game. When will he be back? O'Korn was 16 of 35 for 198 yards with three interceptions. Senior Brittany Basinger (Purcellville, Va.) also added a point to the senior tally with an assist on the first Schafer goal, while Marissa Sheva (Sellersville, Pa.) and Laura Freigang (Oppenheim, Germany) had one assist apiece. The Badgers once again have a top-10 scoring defense with an elite rushing attack led by Jonathan Taylor.

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