From Northwestern's perspective, today's game is very important. The Wildcats are 0-5 and need a win in two of their next three games to keep their bowl game streak alive. Considering Michigan State is very good, they virtually have to beat Michigan to salvage anything good out of an awful season.
From my perspective, I'm going to a dog adoption event and looking at puppies. Hopefully, the puppy people give me a puppy. Hopefully, I'll be back in time for Northwestern vs. Michigan. But the puppy place only has events on Saturdays and I want a puppy more than I want pretty much anything on this planet. If I miss kickoff for puppy acquisition purposes, I miss kickoff for puppy acquisition purposes, and I don't really have a problem with that.
So, you know, go Cats and stuff. But also go dogs, because dogs are better than Cats and you know it.