The No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (5-0 overall, 2-0 B1G) welcome the Michigan State Spartans (4-2 overall, 1-1 B1G) on Saturday afternoon to Camp Randall Stadium for the annual Homecoming game. The Badgers are now done with all of their non-conference games, and after playing MSU, only have one B1G East game left on the schedule.
The Spartans come in to town for the first time since 2012. They were developing a nice little rivalry with the Badgers and then the B1G schedulers got in the way and the two teams stopped playing each other. In the programs’ histories, MSU has a 14-13 advantage while playing at Wisconsin.
MSU’s rushing offense averages 131.7 yards per game, which is good for No. 100 in the nation, and is already down two of their top running backs who both have entered the transfer portal this year. Wisconsin’s rushing defense is No. 1 in the country and only gives up 47.6 yards per game.
We should also probably look out for MSU’s rushing defense. As in, make sure they are ok. Not, they will be a big problem.
Michigan State entered the game as the No. 4 rushing defense in the country, allowing just 55.8 yards per game.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) October 6, 2019
The Buckeyes just gashed them for 323 yards.
How to watch/listen
TV: BTN, 2:30 p.m. CT, Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Rick Pizzo
Radio: Badger Sports Network (iHeartRadio), Satellite: Sirius 83 or XM 83, Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Mark Tauscher, Patrick Herb
Stadium: Camp Randall Stadium
Weather: Madison, Wisconsin
Line: Wisconsin -10.5
Fun facts (according to the media guides)
- Prior to Wisconsin’s 30-6 win in 2016, the previous seven games in the series were decided by a combined total of 34 points (4.9 avg.). MSU leads the overall series 30-23.
- Michigan State’s 2019 roster features two players from Wisconsin: sophomore LB Noah Harvey (Hartland/Arrowhead) and sophomore OT Jack Henrichs (Mequon/Homestead).
- As you may already know since the Badgers have already played two teams from Michigan: the Badgers feature 10 Michigan natives on their roster: WR A.J. Abbott (Northville), WR Stephan Bracey Jr. (Grand Rapids), OL Logan Brown (Grand Rapids), OLB Jaylan Franklin (Brownstown), OL Michael Furtney (Milan), OL David Moorman (Northville), WR Taj Mustapha (Southfield), S Scott Nelson (Detroit), S Reggie Pearson (Inkster) and ILB Travis Wiltjer (Maple City).
- Wisconsin redshirt freshman WRs A.J. Abbott and Taj Mustapha were teammates with Michigan State WR Tre Mosley at West Bloomfield (Mich.) High School. Wisconsin freshmen WR Stephan Bracey and OL Logan Brown and Michigan State junior CB Andre Welch attended East Kentwood (Mich.) High School. Wisconsin redshirt freshman QB Chase Wolf and Michigan State TE Noah Davis both attended St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. Wisconsin sophomore S Scott Nelson and Michigan State RB Elijah Davis were teammates at University of Detroit Jesuit High School in Detroit.
- The 2018 edition marked the first time in the eight-year history of the Big Ten Football Championship Game in which neither Wisconsin nor Michigan State were represented.
If Michigan State football fans aspire to be more than Wisconsin, they should take another look.— Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) October 11, 2019
The Badgers have built something more sustainable, propelled by one position group that rivals Alabama and Ohio State.
- The MSU defense has only had one different starter (and it was only for one game) in the 2019 season.
- This marks the first time MSU will play back-to-back road games against AP Top 10 teams since 1990 (Oct. 13 at No. 1 Michigan; Oct. 20 at No. 8 Illinois).