Gov. Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Gilchrist at odds over who will win Michigan-Michigan State game

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist make their predictions for Saturday's football game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans (noon, Fox):

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II pose for a photo during the State of the State address at the State Capitol in Lansing, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II pose for a photo during the State of the State address at the State Capitol in Lansing, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

This is going to be a great game between two phenomenal programs. The last time MSU and U-M were both undefeated at this point in the season was in the late 1960s, before I was born.

Onto the game. My Spartans have been terrific over the last dozen or so Rivalry Week matchups and I expect that to continue. Last year, I predicted the score would be Spartans by 3 even when all the pundits and experts had their Big Blue blinders on. Last year, Spartans won by 3.

This year, we’re playing well. We have Matt Coghlin, one of the best kickers in the country, Kenneth Walker III in the backfield, poised to surpass 1,000 yards for the season in this game, and a deep depth chart of wide receivers targeted with precision by quarterback Payton Thorne. These extraordinary young men are led — of course — by the incomparable Coach Mel Tucker, who has created a strong culture in East Lansing and will get the job done in The Woodshed tomorrow.

For my prediction, I am doubling last year’s margin: Spartans by 6. Final score, 27-21.

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Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist

This year, the Wolverines are going to take Paul Bunyan’s axe to The Woodshed.

We know this is going to be a historic game without a doubt, which is why we only need to look to the University of Michigan’s lengthy history of wins (71-37-5) to understand who will be The Victors at the end of the fourth quarter.

The Wolverines are in one of their best seasons under Coach Jim Harbaugh. We have a strong presence on both sides of the ball, with a great ground game to advance the ball and a strong team on the defense to keep Sparty in check. It’s going to be a battle, but we will show why we are the Leaders and Best.

I’m predicting a sweet ride back to Ann Arbor with the Paul Bunyan trophy.

As for the score, it will be the Wolverines 27 to the Spartans 24.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Gov. Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Gilchrist at odds over Michigan-MSU