If this is how the Big Ten is going to be won, we surrender.
Actually, the two coaches surrendered -- to the wind. Michigan and Michigan State took the game back 35 years to a point where Bo and Woody would have been asked to open it up. It was the wind, for gosh sakes, not an attack by Godzilla.
The Spartans eventually remained the monster in the Legends Division, beating their rivals for the fourth consecutive time.
There they were -- Michigan's Brady Hoke and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio -- playing a Big Ten showdown like it was 1976. They gave in to a 35-mph westerly wind at Spartan Stadium like it was a 12th man on the field.
They went 55 plays between the first and third quarters without a point. Together, they punted the ball seven consecutive times in the first half. They might as well have taken their playbooks and burned them. Hoke and Dantonio were going to let the elements decide it.
Finally, the Spartans broke a 7-7 halftime tie -- against the wind -- with a pair of third-quarter Kirk Cousins passes to Keshawn Martin, then held on. Martin did his best to both win and lose the game. In addition to those two touchdowns, he had three drops and a fumble.
Safety Isaiah Lewis sealed it with a 39-yard yard interception return of Michigan's Denard Robinson.
There's a long way to go but for now the Spartans (5-1, 2-0) have taken control in the Big Ten Legends Division.
Next up: What looks like a Big Ten championship game preview with Wisconsin.