Michigan State will look to avenge final season’s loss in opposition to Rutgers on Saturday because the Spartans hope to remain undefeated and make an effort to get to the College Football Playoff.

An obvious rivalry can be budding between the 2 colleges over the usage of the phrase “Keep Chopping.” Michigan State coach Mel Tucker used the phrase after beating Western Kentucky final week to maneuver to 5-0 on the season. It’s one thing Rutgers coach Greg Schiano took issue with.

Head coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights talks to his workforce throughout a sport in opposition to the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 24, 2020 in East Lansing, Michigan.
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“You know, we’ve been doing ‘keep chopping’ since 2005. And Dr. Kevin Elko is the person who gave it to me. He actually gave it to me in 1999, when I was at the University of Miami. Didn’t just give it to me, gave it to our whole staff,” Schiano mentioned Monday, by way of 24/7 Sports.

“And it’s funny how things get tucked away and then come out, but that’s become much more than a word in this program. So we really live by that. That’s kind of a big part of our culture.”

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Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano speaks with a sideline official in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021.

Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano speaks with a sideline official within the first quarter of an NCAA faculty soccer sport in opposition to Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021.
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Schiano made the “keep chopping” phrase standard throughout his first stint with Rutgers. At the peak of the Scarlet Knights’ success in 2006, the workforce went 11-2 behind Mike Teel, Ray Rice, Eric Foster and Tiquan Underwood.

NJ.com famous that Tucker was using the phrase throughout his stint with Colorado in 2019. It didn’t seem Schiano had an issue with it on the time.

“This is a family, man. And we’ve got to keep chopping. Keep chopping,” he mentioned.

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker talks with officials during an NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in East Lansing, Michigan. 

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker talks with officers throughout an NCAA soccer sport on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in East Lansing, Michigan. 
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In any case, Saturday’s sport is large for each groups. Rutgers is attempting to maintain tempo after two consecutive losses to ranked groups Michigan and Ohio State. A Michigan State victory would carry some weight going ahead because it is among the handful of groups who stay unbeaten.

Michigan State performs Indiana subsequent week and Michigan earlier than the tip of the month.