Nov 30, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) runs the ball during the third quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Former Big Ten official calls Michigan-Michigan State rivalry most intense in the conference

Folks all over the country every year look forward to the annual game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines. Not just in the Big Ten, but throughout the entire nation, it’s considered one of the best rivalries in sports.

Well, apparently, one former official of the Big Ten seems to disagree, given his experience throughout the years of his career.

In a talk with the Detroit Free Press recently, former conference official Bill LeMonnier explained why he thinks that the rivalry between the Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans is more intense than they one they have with the boys from Columbus.

“With Michigan and Ohio State, it would be like that for the first few possessions and then settle in,” LeMonnier said Saturday at the league’s annual officiating clinic. “But Michigan and Michigan State, it was like that from start to finish. That one has always stood out to me.”

“The rivalry of an Ohio State-Michigan game was great, but the Michigan-Michigan State game, that was 60 full minutes of intensity,” LeMonnier said. “I don’t mean that in any way negative. Just real intense – you got it from the players, the coaches, the fans, the whole package was there for that three and a half hours. Great place to hang out. This one to me, it’s, like maybe down south, Auburn-Alabama. That in-state rivalry is really something.”

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