Mike Hart did a lot of great things for the University of Michigan, but he'll forever be remembered for doing something even better for Michigan State.
Hart's infamous "Little Brother" comments after a victory over MSU back in 2007 ignited the wrath of Michigan State coach Mark “The Grinch” Dantonio and members of the Spartan Nation everywhere.
Since that comment, Michigan State has won four of the five games in the battle for the Paul Bunyan trophy, including four in a row from 2008-2012.
Michigan's lone win was last year's uninspiring 12-10 victory in Ann Arbor.
The only way for Michigan to re-establish its dominance in the series is for U-M to take the game as seriously as MSU does.
That's what makes Brady Hoke such a perfect coach for the Wolverines.
Hoke, who will be in short sleeves on Saturday, regardless of the weather, realizes the significance of this rivalry. He knows that for his team to consider its season a success, it must beat Michigan State.
And this year, Hoke has the troops to do just that.
Sure, MSU has one of the top defenses in the nation, but the Spartans have reached that claim by beating up on who? Absolutely nobody (see Western Michigan, Purdue, South Florida).
The only team ranked in the top 50 in scoring offense — Indiana — put 28 points on the board against the Spartans.
Michigan's offense has been inconsistent at times, but with Devin Gardner running the show, U-M has the potential to break a big play at any time. The Wolverines rank eighth in the country in total offense at more than 43 points per game.
Sure, Michigan State will do its best to take away Jeremy Gallon, whose 369 receiving yards in a win over Indiana two weeks ago were a Big Ten record. Good luck with that.
MSU will also do its best to slow down tight end Devin Funchess.
If the officials swallow their yellow hankies and let the MSU defensive clutch, grab and hold all the way down the field, it could happen.
But can the Spartans do that, and stop Michigan's steadily improving running attack, and keep the shifty Gardner under wraps?
Unless Michigan's offense beats itself with undisciplined penalties and carless turnovers, U-M will be able to put some points on the board, and that's all it should take to win this game.
That's because MSU's offense is a bit of a joke.
Quarterback Connor Cook is not much of an improvement over Andrew Maxwell, and his receivers aren't the kind of players who cause sleepless nights for opposing defensive coordinators.
Speaking of defensive coordinators, Michigan has one of the best in the business in Greg Mattison.
U-M is coming off a bye week last Saturday, so you can bet the Michigan defense will be ready to prove that its debacle against Indiana was an exception, not the rule.
While Michigan State's defense enters the game as the unit getting all the publicity nationally, it will be Michigan's ability to shut down MSU's impotent offense that turns the game in U-M's favor.
Little Brother has its hopes up, but in the end, Big Brother will be the one smiling after a close win.