The highly-charged Michigan-Michigan State rivalry takes center stage on Sunday as the No. 14 Spartans (11-3, 3-0) hosts the No. 12 Wolverines (10-3, 1-1) in a highly-anticipated matchup of ranked teams.
The game is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. ET and will be televised nationally on CBS. If you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer, phone, Firestick, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One, PS4, Smart TV, or other device via one of the following streaming services:
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If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber or you want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch a live stream of CBS via the CBS All-Access Amazon Channel, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once you’re signed up for the Prime CBS Channel, you can then watch a live stream of Michigan vs MSU on your computer via the Amazon website, or you can watch on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or other streaming device via the Amazon Video app.
CBS (live in select markets) is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
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If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.
CBS (live in select markets) is included in Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies:
Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch a live stream of Michigan vs MSU on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
Like the Amazon Prime CBS channel, this is a good option if you simply want to watch CBS and not any other channels. This is ultimately the same as Amazon option, only you’ll watch on CBS’ digital platforms instead:
Once signed up for CBS All-Access, you can watch a live stream of Michigan vs MSU on your computer via the CBS website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or other streaming device via the CBS app.
Michigan vs MSU Preview
It always means more in a rivalry game, and Michigan head coach Juwan Howard knows that better than most when it comes to the battles between Michigan and Michigan State.
Howard played for the Wolverines as a member of the “Fab Five” back in his college days, which he joked might not be over yet.
“You know what’s going to help us on Sunday? I have one year left of eligibility,” Howard told reporters. “The No. 25 jersey is coming out of retirement.
“It’s a very competitive rivalry, but there’s a lot of respect from both sides,” Howard added. “I’m sure neither one of them wants to admit it, but it is.”
That being said, Howard tried to play down the importance of just one game.
“You already know my answer,” Howard told the Detroit Free Press. “UMass Lowell is a very important game. I don’t look at Michigan State as the most important game of the season. They all are the most important game of the season. That’s the best I can give you.”
Michigan has already played a gauntlet of games against ranked opponents. Since losing to No. 4 Oregon on Dec. 7, the Wolverines have won two in a row.
But no matter how Howard wants to frame the game, it’s obvious to the veteran players on both sides that this one is different than their other high profile matchups.
“There’s a different focus from both teams,” Michigan State’s Cassius Winston said. “Everyone’s locked in. You never catch anyone off-guard.”
Michigan State has been on a roll and is looking to extend its winning streak to seven with their rival coming to town.
“We’ve got a long way to go and a lot of work to go. And Michigan’s next on the list,” Izzo said.
It’s an interesting matchup of coaches, with Howard in his first year at Michigan and Tom Izzo holding his post with the Spartans since 1995, amassing a 617-235 record.
But despite the gaudy numbers on Izzo’s Hall of Fame resume, Howard said: “I’m not scared of anyone.”
Howard did mention the respect he has for Izzo and that he made an effort to connect with him at the Big Ten’s annual basketball media day.
“I went out to him and found him so I could share with him that I did a poor job of contacting him and just welcoming myself to the Big Ten and to this area because I don’t fear anyone,” Howard said. “I’ve always said that, but I do respect people and coach Tom Izzo has done a lot of great things for college basketball.”
Michigan State is a nine-point favorite for the game.