As Michigan State prepares to take on Eastern Michigan in its second game of the 2006 season tomorrow, it bring to mind an anniversary that Spartan fans would rather forget all about.
It's been 15 years since the first of MSU's back-to-back losses to Central Michigan of the Mid-American Conference in 1991.
And it still haunts Spartan fans and gives ammunition to fans of the other Big Ten schools. When people mention former MSU coach George Perles, they don't always remember the fact that he took Michigan State to its last Big Ten title in 1990 and its last Rose Bowl in 1988, but they remember the losses to Central.
Losses like that are not supposed to happen.
Big Ten teams are not supposed to lose to their MAC cousins.
Worse yet, Big Ten teams from Michigan are not supposed to lose to their directional cousins.
There is no doubt that MSU fans would rather not think about those two losses, but the program has done its part to move on.
Since the second Central loss, Michigan State has won 12 straight games against members of of the MAC, winning their last 10 games by an average score of 40-12.
Back to the Eastern game on the docket for tomorrow, Michigan State is 6-0 against the Eagles (or Hurons) including a 56-7 win the last time the two teams met in 2002 at Spartan Stadium.
As a 25+ point favorite on Saturday, Spartan fans are hoping they see a repeat of 2002, not 1992.