For the third time in two seasons, Wisconsin (3-1 Big Ten / 6-2 overall) will play Michigan State (1-3 / 4-4). The Badgers lost to the Spartans in the regular season last year 37-31 on a last second touchdown pass. However, Wisconsin won when it mattered most, beating Michigan State in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game, 42-39. Saturday’s game will be the first in the series in Madison since 2009. The Badgers and head coach Bret Bielema are looking forward to getting the Spartans on their home field…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/BIELEMA11.mp3|titles=BIELEMA1]
Due to the Big Ten’s realignment, the Wisconsin – Michigan State series will go into hiatus until 2017. Coach Bielema is disappointed that the rivalry will be silenced for five years…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/BIELEMA2.mp3|titles=BIELEMA2]
The Spartans have the top defense in the Big Ten in yards allowed (277.1 yards per game) and points given up (15.2 points per game). Freshman fullback Derek Watt knows that the Wisconsin offense is in for a tough test…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/WATT1.mp3|titles=WATT1]
Michigan State’s offense is led by junior running back Le’Veon Bell. Through eight games, he has rushed for 984 yards and eight touchdowns. Wisconsin senior linebacker Mike Taylor on what he expects from Bell…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/TAYLOR11.mp3|titles=TAYLOR1]
Michigan State’s season has been a disappointment to this point. They have lost two straight by a total of five points and the Spartans last three losses have come by a total have six points. Wisconsin junior linebacker Chris Borland believes that Michigan State will still be their biggest challenge…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/BORLAND11.mp3|titles=BORLAND1]
Saturday’s game between Wisconsin and Michigan State can be heard on 93.9 FM WDOR. Pregame coverage begins at 12:30 PM. Kickoff from Camp Randall Stadium is at 2:30 PM.
Wisconsin is ranked 25th in this week’s USA Today Coaches Poll and the Badgers received votes in the Associated Press Media Poll. Michigan State is unranked.
Wisconsin and Michigan State have split their last ten meetings with the Spartans winning two of the last three.
The Badgers trail in the all-time series with the Spartans, 29-22. The two teams have split their 26 games in Madison.
Wisconsin has won 21 straight games at Camp Randall Stadium. That is the second longest streak in the nation, trailing LSU’s 22 straight wins at Tiger Stadium.
Other Big Ten Games:
Indiana is at Illinois (11 AM)
Iowa is at Northwestern (11 AM)
Purdue is at Minnesota (2:30 PM)
Ohio State is at Penn State (4:30 PM)
Michigan is at Nebraska (7 PM)