Video: Denard ranks Michigan's rivals on #BTNLive

With all the talk about the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry this week, #BTNLive had Michigan product and current Jacksonville Jaguars offensive weapon Denard Robinson join the show Wednesday. The guys asked Robinson to rank Michigan’s rivals – Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State – from 1-3.

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To no surprise, Robinson said, “Ohio’s the biggest one.” No. 2: Notre Dame. And No. 3: “Michigan State’s our little brothers.”

Interesting. Our crew was surprised by Robinson’s ranking.

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And it’s easy to see why. After all, the Spartans are instate rivals, the rivalry has an impact on the Big Ten race, and Robinson went 1-3 against Michigan State in his career.

Have at it, Michigan State fans!


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Jason on 9/4/2013 @ 8:04pm EDT Said:

Reality is reality, this is where sparty stands no little Rich Rod Era winning streak will change that.

Tyler on 9/4/2013 @ 8:29pm EDT Said:

What I find funny is that he called MSU their “little brothers” which would be okay if michigan state didnt go 3-1 against him. Lol joke.
Fan of “Michigan’s little brother”

Jory on 9/4/2013 @ 8:36pm EDT Said:

Big UM fan… sorry Denard its Ohio State. msu is a rivalry but not on the same level as osu and make me scared if michigans own players do not even know this.

Jabba the spartan on 9/4/2013 @ 8:36pm EDT Said:

Thanks for proving how ignorant you are Mr. Robinson. 1-3 vs your little brother? What does that make you the big sister?

Mike a on 9/4/2013 @ 8:41pm EDT Said:

Hey, if I got dominated by a team and personally shut down I would call them my little brother too. What a joke. We all know deshard is just mad he couldn’t ever run for 100 yards against his big brother.

jjww on 9/4/2013 @ 8:47pm EDT Said:

I’d rather be the little brother than the big sister.

Duane smith on 9/4/2013 @ 8:48pm EDT Said:

Gosh I wonder what it feels like to get your ass kicked by your little brother 3 times out of four. Most big brothers would be humiliated and shut the hell up! I guess arrogance trumps intelligence for Mr Robinson!

MindlessChaos on 9/4/2013 @ 8:53pm EDT Said:

DR was obviously just trying to push the whole agenda UM superiority agenda. The rivalry matters too much to them to give MSU respect obviously. Just a fairly obvious troll.

JMac on 9/4/2013 @ 9:00pm EDT Said:

That pretty well explains why he did not win any championships in his 4 years at Michigan, and perhaps why Hoke could not wait to play Gardner. When you do not make it a priority to win games within your conference and division, and you get to watch MSU win in 2010 and 2011, then you get what you deserve.

reality check on 9/4/2013 @ 9:41pm EDT Said:

Well Doug that settles it wouldn’t you love to have Denard now, he owned MSU Doug

BlkNBlue 89 on 9/4/2013 @ 10:43pm EDT Said:

Denard is right! It’s always been that way! 1.OSU/Ohio 2. ND 3.MSU
Nothing personal but there wouldn’t be ND football if it wasn’t for M. It was a group of M students at the request of ND’s AD that taught the ‘south bend students’ how to play football back in the 1800’s. The relationship is purely Teacher vs Student/Obi Wan vs Annakin/Vader! Rockne had Notre Dame stadium built as a scaled down version of the Big House. Champions of the West because M was west of all the east coast teams back then…Yale, Rutgers, Harvard etc.. Lastly you have the wins, winning % and fight songs! Always a debate on whose is better!
MSU/MSC always stood on its own. That truly became a rivalry when MSU joined the B1G. MSU is important especially regarding the B1G title and Rose Bowl! However, regarding ‘relationship’ between both schools ND’s is way more personal, just because how it started. It doesn’t matter how many times they played. The fact of how it all started can never be overlooked! Read ‘Natural Enemies’…Bryan Kelly sounded foolish saying what he did, thats why he had to backtrack! It is a shame they’re backing off this game for a long while.

The Way it is, get over it and accept reality lil bro! on 9/4/2013 @ 10:51pm EDT Said:

LIL BRO has always been LIL BRO. Sometimes LIL BRO can get a nice lick on Big Bro. But rarely can LIL BRO sustain that margin. Big Bro will be layin the wood, and when we do LIL BRO will receive a physical beatin which will spur their memories of normality returning to the lil bro!

Balboa on 9/4/2013 @ 10:58pm EDT Said:

I bet Alabama is laughing bout now because these 2 little Michigan brothers both call Bama Daddy.

shimy1234 on 9/5/2013 @ 12:19am EDT Said:

After four years at the University of Michigan, and no one can understand what Denard Robinson has to say.

Adam on 9/5/2013 @ 12:20am EDT Said:

Saying MSU went 3-1 against him is just a formality. Did he even come in at quarterback? Even if he did, I seem to remember the kickers being the only squad to score against MSU that day.

Derk on 9/5/2013 @ 3:05am EDT Said:

Pride Comes Before The Fall

jon chapman on 9/5/2013 @ 10:48am EDT Said:

Thank you Denard,the last time someone called us little brother we won the next 4 games.

Original Creators on 9/5/2013 @ 11:02am EDT Said:

It seems to me that UM started a lot of schools tradition NDs’ and also Ohios’ script during halftime that the band performs. We started this, and this is the thanks we get!

GoBlue on 9/5/2013 @ 11:02am EDT Said:

Wow it a lot of MSU fans Mad. lol

UncleFred on 9/5/2013 @ 11:23am EDT Said:

Football is cyclical. Before your recent streak, Michigan beat MSU six times in a row (and has done this more than once). At this point the two programs have roughly comparable talent, but MSU recruiting is on the downslope and Michigan continues to elevate their talent. This year promises to be a very good game. Were I a MSU fan I’d be a bit concerned about future seasons.

As for the ND rivalry debate, and your commentator’s comments about he being oblivious to the game when he was coaching in other parts of the country. Think back to the old days when ABC owned all the television rights. Each Saturday there would be 2 national games and a bunch of regional games. Usually the regional games were a bait and switch and 80% of the country would get one regional game while a small segment got a game no one cared about. Still during that period every single ND/Michigan match up was the featured national game. Period. Further you’ve put this spin on that no one outside of the midwest, was interested about getting the series reinstated back in the seventies. If you look back at the sports columns, tv and radio commentary and other historical sources, you’ll find that, throughout college football, there was intense interest and pressure on both schools to play each other as a regular season standard. Both schools were resistant to playing each other, but the pressure finally made the game happen.

Yes there were gaps in the series caused by various political issues between the two schools, but even when the were not playing each other alums, students, and college football fans in general had an intense interest in seeing these teams meet on the football field. ND, and to a lesser extent Michigan (who had scheduled a temporary hiatus starting in 2017), have walked away from one of the four or five most followed match ups in college football. ND will regret this in the future, and the Michigan AD will come to regret closing the door on ND’s exit.

gulo gulo on 9/5/2013 @ 2:09pm EDT Said:

Big Brother Won 68 Little Brother Won 32 Both had to kiss our sister 5

matt on 9/5/2013 @ 2:42pm EDT Said:

Please peeps Denard is right MSU welcome to the new era 3 and 1 and nothing compared to what’s about to happen

Lawrence on 9/5/2013 @ 9:51pm EDT Said:

Lol, @ all you sparty lovers. You guys are notorious for losing to Michigan. You guys do not deserve respect with your 32-68 record vs Michigan. Denard should have called you guys our little sisters.

Zachary Muhleman on 9/6/2013 @ 4:15am EDT Said:

i think nd fans forgot that denard put up 504 yards in one game
against them !!

Fed-Up with Mediocre Football on 9/6/2013 @ 1:35pm EDT Said:

Yes, my alma mater, Michigan State, OWNED UM during the Kirk Cousins years, but now (beginning with that dismal, shameful season in 2012), we ARE once again the “Little Brothers.” As a long-suffering, loyal Spartan fan and alum, I have to admit that we have an even worse team this year than last year. Last year, we only had 4 decent players, and now 3 of them have jumped to the NFL, leaving only Bullough, our stand-out linebacker, who unfortunately can’t do it all himself. If Dantanio cannot recruit any better than this after the great seasons we had in 2010 and 2011, he should leave (or be fired).

After 45 seasons of attending MSU football games, dating back to my freshman year in 1968, I did not renew my season tickets for the first time — it’s just not any fun anymore.

It’s too bad that there is only one decent Big Ten team, and unfortunately it is in Columbus, coached by a coach from Florida, of all places.

phpearso on 9/7/2013 @ 3:51am EDT Said:

“It’s too bad that there is only one decent Big Ten team, and unfortunately it is in Columbus, coached by a coach from Florida, of all places.”

You must be young. UFM is a native Buckeye coaching at his long time favorite university.

carolyn lynch on 1/25/2014 @ 12:07pm EDT Said:

fed-up with mediocre football…you picked a bad year to get rid of your season tickets.