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The B1g Time:
Michigan State (4-4) at Wisconsin (6-2) (3:30 p.m. ET, on ABC)
Line: Wisconsin -6.5 (Bovada)
Last Meeting: 2011 B1G Championship Game (Wisconsin 42-39)
3 Players to Watch:
1) Montee Ball (HB, Wisc):Montee Ball was expected to have another Heisman candidacy this year, but he has had to deal with injuries early on in the season. Ball has still been able to average three touchdowns per game in his last 17 Big Ten games. When he can get going Montee is as good as it gets at the running back position, and Michigan State will surely focus on slowing him down. Michigan State has only allowed around 100 yards per game this season, making them 13th in the nation and first in the B1G. On the season Ball has 982 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Don’t let the numbers fool you, Michigan State will also have to worry about their second leading rusher James White who has accumulated 470 yards on the ground as well as 6 touchdowns. There is no doubt about what Wisconsin will try to do on offense, but can the Spartans slow them down?
2) Le’Veon Bell (HB, MSU):Le’Veon was unable to get anything going against Michigan, who stacked the box, the majority of the downs to prevent the run. Stacking the box worked out for the Wolverines who held Bell to 68 yards on 26 carries, which comes to a 2.6 ypc average. Michigan also limited Bell to only two receptions for 5 yards. Le’Veon is still having a great season while running for 984 yards with 8 touchdowns, but teams have been able to key in on him due to the lack of consistency in the passing game. Wisconsin may try to mimic the game plan of the Wolverines by loading the box. Despite the added pressure, Bell must perform if the Spartans hope to win on Saturday.
3) Johnny Adams (CB, MSU):There probably hasn’t been a player on MSU who has received more public complaints than Adams thus far in the season. He has been beat multiple times on the deep route this year, and the fans have been quick to bash him. Despite the complaints, Adams is still Michigan States number one corner and for good reason. He has show the ability to make plays each and every year that he has been a starter for this team. Remember the amazing INT at Central Michigan this year? Probably not, but that’s okay. Adams will have his hands full this week with Wisconsin leading receiver Jared Abbrederis. Abbrederis has 33 catches for 627 yards along with 5 touchdowns. Adams will be on an island with Abbrederis and must win this key-matchup if MSU wants a chance at winning this game.
Has there been a better B1G rivalry in the last few years than Wisconsin and Michigan State? Personally, I believe the “Border Battle” (as called by Chris Vannini) has been the most exciting matchup that the B1G has had to offer recently. As noted by Vannini in his preview, the last six matchups between these two teams have been decided by 10 points or less.
Michigan State was able to beat the Badgers at home last season on the infamous “Rocket” play, but Wisconsin had the last laugh as they defeated the Spartans in the inaugural B1G championship game. The game ended in controversial fashion as MSU safety Isaiah Lewis ran/was blocked into the Wisconsin punter. Each fan base has their story of what happened; as it should be. For me, the momentum from the push by #96 on Wisconsin led to Lewis running into the kicker. But it is a tough call to make and one could put as much blame on Coach Dantonio for calling for the block. You decide: (Sorry for the music choice, and video choice for that matter, but it had the most replays...)
The Spartans have had a disappointing season so far, while the Badgers are likely headed to the B1G Title game regardless of the outcome this weekend. Michigan State has not been able to find the breaks this year and have lost three B1G games by a total of 6 points. Wisconsin is dominant at home, and this will be a tough game for both teams. There are two streaks, one which will end this weekend: Mark Dantonio is 5-0 the week after playing Michigan and Wisconsin has won 40 straight games at home against unranked opponents. Which streak will come to an end this Saturday? The majority of the Delany’s Dozen’ staff will be pulling for the Badgers streak to continue, as I hope that Michigan State can find a way to win a game. The Border Battle is an important one here at Delany’s Dozen, one we are disappointed to see ending (in the regular season at least) as the Badgers and Spartans are not scheduled to play each other from 2013-2016.
My pick: Michigan State 17, Wisconsin 13
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