No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers at No. 8 Michigan State Spartans
Saturday at Noon, Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich.
Favorite: Michigan State -5.5; Over/Under: 42.5
This is why the Big Ten should rethink prescheduling games on the Big Ten network. Wisconsin-Michigan State has turned into a game worthy of a primetime slot.
But it’s stuck at noon.
This is by far the most intriguing game outside of the SEC this week. Both Wisconsin and Michigan State have quality wins over ranked opponents, and they both also looked ugly against bad teams. Wisconsin looked uglier against their bad team, but it was at least an FBS team.
Meanwhile, the Badgers also have the more impressive win right now against the LSU Tigers.
This is set to be a classic Big Ten showdown between two offensive line-based teams that like to control the clock. The winner will come down to toughness.
What Will Happen?
Despite last week, Paul Chryst has gotten the system he wants in Madison. The Badgers got a wake-up call that they needed after looking so good early, and they’ll be a lot more focused going to East Lansing this week.
Meanwhile, the Spartans are much more inexperienced. As a result, Mark Dantonio’s team will show that it doesn’t know how to handle winning just yet.
Despite an uncertain quarterback situation between Alex Hornibrook and Bart Houston, Chryst will go with his running backs. Even if Corey Clement isn’t available, Bradrick Shaw and Dare Ogunbowale will run behind that massive offensive line and torch a defense that is likely feeling itself a bit too much.
Meanwhile, Tyler O’Connor will make one crucial mistake, and that will be enough for the Badgers to escape with an ugly win.
Wisconsin: 23 Michigan State: 21