When the Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan football teams play one another, there is more than just pride on the line.
The Miner’s Cup has been presented to the winner of the annual rivalry game every year since 2002. Last year in Marquette, the Huskies took control early and won the game, 41-17.
In order to prepare for playing outdoors at Sherman field in Houghton, the Wildcats practiced outside this week.
“I think the wind is a factor a little bit,” said Wildcats head coach Chris Ostrowsky about playing outside. “To throw the ball in the wind, there’s a bit of an adjustment to be made. I don’t know if it factors in all that much but its been beautiful, so lets get outside and enjoy the fresh air. It’s a great game for us and we’re excited to get up there and play.”
“I’m just ready to go up there and win a trophy,” said NMU quarterback Dustin Thomas. “It’s my first year up here, so I’m not used to the rivalry. I know everyone is ready for this game especially because it’s against Tech.”
Kickoff between the Huskies and the Wildcats is set for 1 p.m.