The Michigan State Spartans have been spitting in the Old Brass Spittoon since 2006, and Trent Williams doesn't expect that to change any time soon. Nate Sudfeld has never seen the Old Brass Spittoon.
About this Old Brass Spittoon: It dates back to 1950 when according to The State News – the Michigan State student newspaper – Spartans junior class president Gene McDermott found the spittoon in an antique shop. He challenged Indiana through telegram to play for it. Indiana accepted and ever since the two schools have played for it.
With the 187th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected quarterback Nate Sudfeld of Indiana. Take a look at his collegiate career in photos.
The latest installment of the rivalry takes place this Saturday night in Bloomington as the Hoosiers will host Michigan State, looking to win the Old Brass Spittoon back for the first time in 10 years. The rivalry hits close to home with Cousins, who played four seasons for the Spartans, and Sudfeld, who was drafted out of Indiana by the Redskins this past spring.
"It's a huge game for our program," Sudfeld said. "Obviously, it's a Spittoon game so we're trying to win the Old Brass Spittoon. It would be good to get that back in Bloomington."
Indeed Sudfeld never saw the spittoon because he never beat Michigan State.
"We lost every time. It's kind of a sore subject," he said.
As for Cousins: "We won every time."
"I got to spit in it every time," Cousins said of the Old Brass Spittoon. "We did a lot of spitting. I think it's been in East Lansing since – "
"I've never seen it," Sudfeld interrupted sheepishly.
According to Cousins, Sudfeld asked for a wager, although the terms of the bet were not disclosed. Both teams are 2-1 on the season, with Michigan State, who was ranked No. 8 entering last week, coming off a 24-point loss to Wisconsin. Perhaps this is the year Indiana does some spitting again.
Meanwhile, down in the Big 12, a struggling Oklahoma team travels to Fort Worth, Texas to take on TCU. Former Horned Frog and current Redskins rookie Josh Doctson thinks his old teammates will be ready.
"Last time (Oklahoma) came to TCU they got knocked off," Doctson said. "I'm expecting the same thing."
Doctson is right. In 2014, No. 4 Oklahoma traveled to TCU in early October, only to suffer a 37-33 loss to the Horned Frogs. However, that is the only win for TCU in four tries against Oklahoma since the Horned Frogs began play in the Big 12 in 2012. Each game has been decided by seven points or less.
Upon hearing Doctson's confidence, former Sooner and current Redskins punter Tress Way had some words.
"There's no shot," Way quickly said. "And that's understandable. He's from TCU – maybe he doesn't quite understand the tradition of Oklahoma. TCU is new to the Big 12, but no, I don't think so. It's time for the Sooners to get rolling again."
It's been a tough start for Oklahoma, which has lost two of its first three games to Top 10 teams in Houston and Ohio State. TCU began the season at No. 13, but a double-overtime loss to unranked Arkansas in the second week dropped the Frogs out of the poll. Back-to-back wins over Iowa State and SMU has put TCU back at No. 21.
"(Oklahoma) is looking for that game to bounce back on, but it's not going to be easy this Saturday night," Doctson said.