Paul W. Smith: Today, may the best Michigan team win

Paul W. Smith

“Outta’ My Mind on a Saturday Moanin’ ”

You don’t have to be a graduate or fan of either school to be aware of how big a day today is for the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

There’s always a lot “on the line” when these two teams meet, regardless of how the teams are doing with every other opponent leading up to this game.

From 1950 to 1969, MSU went 14-4-2 against UM. Enter Bo Schembechler in 1969, and Michigan dominated the series, 30-8, from 1970 to 2007. Then MSU hired Mark Dantonio in 2007and took back the dominant position in this backyard brawl, with the Spartans winning six of the last seven matchups.

In case you haven’t heard, the Wolverines have added new head coach, former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh. I’m not sure if you had heard this news yet, but the team is being heard from in ways we haven’t heard about or seen, in what seems like, I don’t know, forever.

(Of course, it hasn’t been forever. Heck, Lloyd Carr was at the helm from 1995-2007. On second thought, that does seem like a long time ago.)

All of that changes today.

“It’s a new day.”

“It’s a new era.”

“Throw out the record book.”

“The past doesn’t matter.”

Etc., etc., etc.

If you are a proud UM alum, as I am, you wouldn’t mind seeing history repeat itself, as long as that history is between, say, 1970-2007.

■Did anyone else know the trophy the teams are coveting today is officially called “The Paul Bunyan-Governor of Michigan Trophy”? Not just the “Paul

Bunyan Trophy”? I suspect even fewer really care !

■A big “Go Blue” shoutout to radio’s best friend, Art Vuolo, who’s been in the hospital convalescing for far too long and risked breaking his long string of taping Michigan’s home games for the alumni.

■As I always say, “May the best Michigan team win today!”

Paul W. Smith is host of “The Paul W. Smith Show” on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.