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Saturday. 3:30 PM. ABC. Camp-Randall Stadium. It goes down.
Over the past 2 years, the Michigan State-Wisconsin game has been probably the best, if not most important, game in the Big Ten. It has also become possibly the most heated rivalry in the Big Ten in recent years (Ohio State and Michigan fans may disagree, but come on- be real here).
Coming into this year, the game in Madison was supposed to be another huge won that could have BCS Bowl implications. And while we were wrong- horribly wrong, it’s possible that neither team will make a BCS Bowl- the game will still be exciting and heated, as the rivalry should live on. Unfortunately, this is the last time these teams will play in the regular season until 2015, which also might mean that this could be even more heated.
Enough with the pump-up talk, let’s get to the keys to the game for MSU:
Stopping Ball: The Spartans (particularly their D-Line) need to step up and hold back Montee Ball and James White. The absence of Jerel Worthy hurts the Spartans and Anthony Rashad White needs to step up his game.
Scoring points: Yes. I know it’s obvious. However, I feel the need to say this, because evidently the Spartans have a lot of trouble with this. Dan Roushar needs to take some of the load off of Le’Veon Bell, and have Maxwell get the ball in the receivers’ hands. Dion Sims is healthy and Burbridge will still be out there, so that’s two weapons for Maxwell.
Run block: While it’s necessary for the Spartans to take the load off Le’Veon Bell, he’s ultimately the best player on the offensive side of the ball and he needs to make some plays. Unfortunately, when the O-Line doesn’t block, it’s hard to do that. If the O-line can block, the Spartans will win have a better chance of winning, considering Roushar calls better plays.
Take advantage of scoring opportunities: This one is simple. Please make field goals, Dan Conroy. Also, Spartan offense, when you’re inside the ten please try to make that a touchdown. Thank you.
Really, the Spartans just need to keep playing good defense and convert on scoring opportunities. Scoring 7-10 points in college football won’t earn teams many wins. A win against the Badgers could turn the Spartans’ season around and make it a lot more interesting.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
With four seconds left and the game knotted up at 31 a piece, it was surely to be the last play of regulation. Every play that had previously happened in the game had all come down to this.
The play began with Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins lined up in the shotgun, taking the snap from the Wisconsin 44 yard line. Following the snap, Cousins rolled out to his right, buying...
The Michigan State Spartans (4-4, 1-3) travel to Camp Randall Stadium this Saturday to take on the 25th ranked Wisconsin Badgers (6-2, 3-1) in a game that could potentially make or break the Spartans season.
With recent losses against Michigan and Iowa, the Spartans have lost two games in a row for the first time since 2009. If the Spartans fall victim to the Badgers rushing attack...
Yes. I know. The game ended about 4 hours ago. I was there. However, a story too long and boring for me to explain forced me to basically leave the social media world until now. Anyways, it’s not too late for me to give my input.
-Whoa. How did the Spartans win that? I didn’t have any faith in them until the ball flew into Bennie Fowler’s hands in OT. I guess the offense finally...
Andrew Maxwell threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler in overtime, giving Michigan State a 16-13 victory and snapping Wisconsin's 21-game home winning streak.
It was the first win at Camp Randall since 2001 for the Spartans (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten), who have won four of the last six games against Wisconsin. It was the Badgers' first loss at home since Oct 17, 2009.
It's been a long, hard road for the Michigan State Spartans this season.
Close losses. Bad breaks. Injuries. The ebodiment of Murphy's law, at times. And it looked like it all was coming up again at Camp Randall.
But finally, something went their way. And finally, the offense made big plays in the big moments. The result was sweet.
Andrew Maxwell went 9-of-11...
MADISON, Wis. There will be no regular-season trophy on the line, no fancy name for some kind of heated decades-long feud when Wisconsin and Michigan State meet Saturday on the football field.
Five years ago, the term "rivalry" didn't even exist when discussing these two teams. But if a better matchup has developed in Big Ten play since that time, you'd be hard...
Nothing comes easily for this Wisconsin football team, does it?
Just when it appears the Badgers have turned around their season for the better, a game like Saturday comes along and smacks them in the face. Wisconsin lost starting quarterback Joel Stave to an injury, and the offense couldn't recover in a 16-13 overtime loss to Michigan State at Camp Randall Stadium.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Andrew Maxwell threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler in overtime, giving Michigan State a 16-13 victory and snapping Wisconsin's 21-game home winning streak.
It was the first win at Camp Randall since 2001 for the Spartans (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten), who have won four of the last six games against Wisconsin. It was the Badgers' first loss at home...
Through three quarters of football this game looked entirely like every other disheartening game we have had to endure this season. The defense was doing everything it could to keep the team in the contest but the offense kept proving itself lacking. Nothing displayed this continuing problem more clearly than when Marcus Rush blocked a punt in the second quarter and set the offense...
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...
Michigan State vs. Wisconsin lacks the history of Michigan-Ohio State, to say nothing of that border war's hype. It doesn't cause statewide angst like Michigan-Michigan State. There's not even a cool trophy for the winner, like Paul Bunyan's Axe or the Old Brass Spittoon.
When it comes to Big Ten rivalries, however, there's none better than the Spartans vs. the...
The Spartans head into Camp Randall tomorrow to play Wisconsin. Recently, these games have led to high-scoring games decided on late touchdowns. This one ... has the look of something a little different. The Badgers struggled early this season and have been picking it up of late, while Michigan State started off well but is on a 1-3 slide.
To see what to expect...
One play away. It's what coaches always tell their backup quarterbacks and it rang true on Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall as Joel Stave was sacked on the very first offensive play of the 2nd half, breaking his collarbone in the process. In stepped Danny O'Brien, the original week one starter, and down went the momentum that the Wisconsin offense had seemingly been building...
This one will hurt, no question about it. Wisconsin blew a 10-3 lead with just 6:06 left in a game that saw both defenses dominate. However the Badgers defense would crack late and that allowed Michigan State to spoil Wisconsin's homecoming in a 16-13 overtime victory at Camp Randall.
Adding insult to injury is the uncertain status of a shoulder injury to Badgers starting...
If this doesn't make you hate the Steelers then I don't know what will.
On Tuesday, I announced that there would be no gambling advice post this week as I had other things planned. That was clearly a lie. I rarely have anything planned in advance (although my Election Preview is coming next Thursday or Friday and it is quite casually racist). Then I thought long and hard...