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Bacon's biggest shocks: Michigan at No. 2, MSU losing five straight, Lions come back to win again

Michigan is undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the country heading into next weekend's rivalry game in East Lansing against Michigan State.
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Michigan is undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the country heading into next weekend's rivalry game in East Lansing against Michigan State.

One thing that college football fans love about the sport is that you never really know what's going to happen from week to week. It's tough to predict, and there are a number of interesting stories happening across the Michigan sports landscape that very few people saw coming. 

Michigan Radio's sports commentator John U. Bacon admits that he knew Michigan would be good under Jim Harbaugh, but not this good this quickly. He knew Michigan State would have a down year (by their standards), but not bad enough to have their first five-game losing streak in 25 years. He knew Western Michigan would be good, but not good enough to be 8-0 and ranked in the Top 20 for the first time in school history.
Maybe the most surprising story is the winning season put together in Ypsilanti by the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Prior to the season, some (like Bacon) were questioning if the cash-strapped school should even have a football program. Now, after this past weekend's 45-31 loss to Western, they have a 5-3 record and are a couple wins away from possibly earning a trip to a bowl game for just the second time in school history (1987 California Bowl). 

Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines cruised past Illinois 41-8 to improve to 7-0 on the season. Later that same evening, Michigan's arch rival Ohio State were upset by Penn State, which moves the Wolverines up to the No. 2 spot in the AP Poll

Elsewhere, despite loses five games over the last three seasons combined, the Spartans have now lost five games in a row afer a 28-17 road loss at Maryland. 

On a positive note, according to ESPN, Matthew Stafford is turning himself into a legitimate NFL MVP candidate with yet another fourth quarter comeback. The Lions have won three in a row after Stafford hit Anquan Boldin with a touchdown pass with 16 seconds left to beat Washington 20-17. Detroit is now 4-3 on the season and all four of those victories have been Stafford leading the team to comeback wins in the fourth quarter.

Bacon says it's still the Lions, and there are nine games left in the season, so beware.

Listen to the full interview above to hear more about the weekend in college football and the "fighting" Red Wings who have won four straight after losing their first two games of the season.  

Watch the highlights of the Lions' dramatic win below.

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Josh Hakala, a lifelong Michigander (East Lansing & Edwardsburg), comes to Michigan Radio after nearly two decades of working in a variety of fields within broadcasting and digital media.
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