It was Michigan State's most impressive win of 2010 - and by the end of the year it was all but forgotten.
The Spartans beat Wisconsin last October, handing the Badgers their only loss of the regular season, but when the two teams finished tied with Ohio State for the Big Ten title, Michigan State was left out of the BCS picture. Instead, Wisconsin won the tiebreaker and went to the Rose Bowl despite its head-to-head defeat against the Spartans.
A year later, 15th-ranked Michigan State won't have to worry much about this game being overlooked. The Spartans and fourth-ranked Badgers are two of only three teams with unbeaten Big Ten records, and they'll play Saturday night in what could be a preview of the conference's first title game later this year.
Michigan State is second in the nation in total defense after shutting down Denard Robinson in a win over Michigan. Wisconsin is first in scoring offense, averaging over 50 points a game.
''For a defense, to get to go up against who...