Off a 4th straight college football winner and now looking at the big, big game featuring 4th ranked Wisconsin invading Spartan Stadium on Saturday to face No. 15 Michigan State as the pair of Big Ten conference foes look to stake their early claim in a key matchup. Michigan State is the home underdog here with a 5-1 mark overall and 2-0 conference record after topping rival Michigan 28-14 last week. The Badgers of Wisconsin come in undefeated at 6-0 overall, 2-0 in conference play, and crushed Indiana last weekend.
This weekend the two will meet in a prime time 5:00 PM Pacific start with the Badgers coming in as a -7 -115 road favorite with a posted Total of 49 at BetDSI Sportsbook.
Wisconsin had been beating up on some of unimpressive foes and has taken advantage of a soft early schedule to roll up big yards and big scores. The Badgers thumping of the likes of UNLV, Oregon State, Northern Illinois, South Dakota, Nebraska and Indiana may be less impressive that they first appear. Sure Nebraska isn’t a bad team by any means, but their run defense is not even close to one that can stop Wisky and their mammoth offensive line. QB Russell Wilson is certainly something special behind center for Wisconsin as he truly is a balanced mix of passer and runner. He can get the job done running or passing and the O-line helps a ton. The RB tandem of Montee Ball and James White are also very talented behind him. The schedule has also been favorable thus far in that the Badgers have only travelled once, and that was at Northern Illinois. When you look at the big numbers registered by the Badgers offense, keep in mind that teams like Nebraska rank No. 75 against the run, Indiana is 117th.
The task ahead for the Spartans then is controlling the monstrous offensive line of Wisconsin, something they have done well versus other opponents this season. The Michigan State defense ranks No. 3 in the nation against the run and No. 2 in overall defense. In the past they have handled talented mobile QBs such as Michigan’s Denard Robinson and Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, so this is not exactly anything they haven’t seen before. They have allowed a TD or less in 4 of 6 games and the step up in class for Wisconsin will be a big one on Saturday. Of course the Wisconsin offense led by their QB Wilson is no walk in the park either. Offensively the Michigan State rushing game is coming together nicely and the offensive line is a cohesive unit now and I expect success for State when they have the ball. The Badgers defense is good, but not great. MSU QB Kirk Cousins is erratic but talented and has experiences success against Wisky in the past.
Michigan State has is no easy place to play football and conference road games are always tough. Last season the Spartans beat the Badgers 34-24 at East Lansing and held Wisconsin to a season low 292 yards. That was the Badgers last conference loss, but they have also lost three straight at Michigan State.
I like the dog Michigan State in this spot as they have the speed on defense to counter the massive size of the Badgers offensive line and believe they will move the ball well on their own. This is a key conference game and East Lansing is not easy place to visit. I am taking the +7 -105 at BetDSI Sportsbook on the home dog Spartans.