Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis discusses Connor Cook and the rivalry with MSU.

Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis discusses Connor Cook and the rivalry with MSU.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan State’s Connor Cook is the best quarterback Michigan will have faced this season when No. 7 MSU heads to No. 12 Michigan this Saturday for their annual rivalry clash.

But if you were looking for Michigan’s top defender Jourdan Lewis to give any bulletin board material about Cook or MSU in general, you guessed wrong, as Lewis had nothing but praise for his cross state rivals on Monday.  

“We know Connor Cook is a great quarterback,” Lewis said. “He’s won a lot of games. They have great dynamic receivers. We have to game plan for it. They are a serious competitors and we have to prepare for that.”

Lewis, who has been a major player in U-M’s No. 2 ranked total defense this seaosn, stayed course in his press conference, by continuing to down play the rivalry that has been dominated by MSU the past 6-of-7 seasons.

“We are taking it one game at a time,” Lewis said. “Every single game is our next big one. It doesn’t matter who are opponent is, we know Michigan State is a great team, but we are just taking it one game at time.”

While Michigan has won five straight games this season, Lewis was adamant his teams success isn’t causing them to lose focus moving forward, despite all the media attention.

“Honestly, it’s our preparation, all that media hype and stuff like that -- that can’t affect our performance,” Lewis said. “We have to perform at our highest ability -- that’s our mindset.”

Adding: “You don’t, honestly, you can’t buy into the hype,” Lewis said. “Once you do, it’d downhill from that.”

No. 12 Michigan (5-1, 2-0) pays host to No. 7 MSU (6-0, 2-0) this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. 

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