Saturday, October 22, 2011

Wisconsin vs. Michigan State

In my opinion, this is the toughest game on the schedule for the Badgers. I'm worried because it seems like Bucky never plays well in East Lansing, and the Spartans have a stellar defense once again. Wisconsin is a good enough team to run the table in the Big Ten behind their elite running game and stud QB Russell Wilson.

As impressive as the Badgers have been so far this year, I'm still not convinced that the Defense is very good. If they fail to get pressure on the QB, Wisconsin's average D-Backs will be tested by Michigan State's passing attack. The Spartans are a pretty complete team on Offense; they will beat some good teams this year no doubt.

Ultimately, I don't think Michigan State will be able to contain all of Wisconsin's offensive weapons, nor will they be able to match points with the Badgers. Wisconsin should be favored in every game from here on out, but tonight should be the team's toughest remaining game. I think the Spartans will do a solid job slowing down Bucky's running game, but the matchup will come down to the Quarterback battle. Russell Wilson over Kirk Cousins ends up being the difference in this game.

Prediction: Wisconsin 31, Michigan State 27.
-- Russell Wilson (UW) : 280 Pass Yards, 3 TD 1 INT
-- Kirk Cousins (MSU) : 250 Pass Yards, 2 TD 1 INT

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