Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
There should be no extra motivation needed for the Hoosiers as they head up to face a top-five team in Michigan State, however the Hoosiers do have the opportunity to bring home one of the more unique trophies in college sports.
Since 1950 the Hoosiers and Spartans have squared off 57 times in the Battle for the Old Brass Spittoon and Indiana has only possessed the trophy just 12 times, the last time being way back in 2006. The trinket was introduced to the match-up by a group of juniors and seniors at Michigan State. Michigan State leads the overall series 44-15-2 and has won 10 of the last 12 match-ups. This game may not scream rivalry, but that doesn't mean IU players aren't motivated to bring the Spittoon home.
Indiana wide receiver Mitchell Paige called it a "Motivation. It hasn’t been here in a long time. It hasn’t been here since, at least since I’ve been here. So we are excited to play for it there and get a chance to bring it back home, here where it belongs."
Linebacker and the Hoosiers' leading tackler Marcus Oliver called reclaiming the Spittoon, "just something this team can do together."
A win on Saturday would also give the Hoosiers and their fans something good to talk about heading into their open week. Indiana wide receiver wants to "bring the trophy back for ourselves, our coaches, and our fans, and the school."
It is going to be tall task that is for sure, but going on the road and fighting for something more than just a win might be the medicine the doctor ordered to get this season that is spinning out of control back on track.