Since taking the reins as head coach of Michigan State, Mark Dantonio understood he would be judged by his team's success against rival Michigan. This year's 23-point win over the Wolverines was the largest margin of victory in the series since the Spartans won 34-0 in 1967.
Now, after seven games since taking over the Spartans, Dantonio has his team sitting with a 5-2 mark against the programs biggest rival with many feeling the tide has turned between the two teams with the Spartans heading in a direction to continue winning more than losing to the Wolverines.
Can Michigan State continue the pace they are currently on against the Wolverines? That will be a question answered in the years to come. However, from the looks of things, Dantonio has the Spartans heading back to a level of dominance not seen since 1950-1969 when the Spartans compiled a 14-4-2 record against their biggest rival.