#21 Michigan State-#9 Wisconsin: Brutally Honest Game Preview

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The players may change but the game remains the same. No matter the personnel, the last couple decades have seen Michigan State own September the same way Goldman Sachs owns the United States government. And then MSU starts
losing more in the second half of the season- an eventual certainty.
Just like no matter what political party is in control, Goldman Sachs
will be right there manipulating policy for their own benefit- as
certain as death and taxes.

For Wisconsin, they're greatest collection of talent is at the tailback and offensive line position. Sound familiar?

Both of these undefeated Big Ten teams feasted off cupcakes and lesser competition. However, the bill is now due, and the cost is "undefeated" status.


Throughout the season, I'll be bringing you these informative yet
blunt game previews of every contest I cover (and a second game that
week that interests me); with a heavy focus on my three "home teams" Northwestern, Illinois, Notre Dame, and the Big Ten in general.

Wisconsin Synopsis:
The Sconnies are 4-0 for the second consecutive season and sixth time
in the last nine years. Dating back to last season, UW has won six
consecutive games. That is tied for the fourth longest active streak in
the country (only Alabama, Boise State and Ohio State have longer
streaks) and the Badgers' longest streak since winning 14 straight in
2006-07. UW enters Big Ten play undefeated for the seventh straight

Last week they finally got sick of people telling them how they were
winning Chloe Kardashian style. A.k.a. winning ugly, and instead they
put out a 70-3 effort
that was as beautiful as Kim Kardashian. And those 70 points were a
school record. I wonder how many times Bo Ryan's slow-paced swing
offense will score less than 70 in a single game once hoops season gets

How the Badgers handle conference season without the help of LB Chris Borland,
one of their smartest and most integral players on defense? So far, UW
ranks among the top 20 in the country in scoring defense, total defense
and rushing defense. The Badgers' D has given up just five touchdowns
this season, tied for second-fewest in the Big Ten.

Junior RB John Clay is one of just five players in the country (and two in the Big Ten) with at least 500 yards rushing this season.

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Michigan State synopsis: Under head coach Mark Dantonio, who will be back coaching this week after suffering a mild heart attack,
Michigan State is 12-2 in games it gains 200-plus yards rushing,
including a perfect 4-0 in 2010. In addition, the Spartans are 20-7
under Dantonio when outrushing their opponent.

Sophomore running back Edwin Baker ranks fourth in the Big Ten and
No. 16 in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing, averaging 112.3
rushing yards per game. Baker has recorded two 100-yard rushing games:
117 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener against Western
Michigan and a career-best 183 yards against Florida Atlantic, including
a career-long 80-yard TD run.

He gained 90 yards on 14 attempts against Notre Dame, including a
56-yard TD run in third quarter. Baker carried 11 times for 59 yards
against Northern Colorado, including a 5-yard TD run to open the

Guys you'll see Saturday eventually playing on Sundays:

On the Badgers, OT Gabe Carimi could be a top ten pick, and C/G Jon Moffitt may join him in the first round. TE Lance Kendricks
continues to see his draft stock rise, as he's the early favorite for
the Mackey Award. And like Mr. Macke says on "South Park," "awards are
good uhm kay." Safety Jay Valai has NFL talent, bu may have to move over to corner to realize his potential.

will be a next level guy if he can get/keep his weight down. And talk
to me in 2013 about RB James White, named Big Ten Freshman of the Week
as he became the seventh Badger in school history to rush for four TDs
in a game and the first since P.J. Hill had four in '07. He is one of
just seven players in the country, and the only Big Ten player, with
four rushing TDs in a game this season. It also tied a UW freshman
single-game record. Ron Dayne posted four TDs on two separate occasions
during his freshman year (1996).

For State, Greg Jones
could be the first inside linebacker taken next April. Of course, no
one knows these days where ILBs will go in the NFL. I also like the
potential of TE Charlie Gannt, WRs Keshawn Martin and Mark Dell. Defensive Tackle Jerel Worthy could be a top 5 pick in 2012.

Prediction to be taken with a grain of salt (actually make that a whole truckload of salt)

MSU 23, WIS 20 (Banks' record 6-2)

The home team has won each of the last five meetings between the two
teams. The last victory by a visiting team was a 42-24 win by the
Badgers in 2002. This will be the first meeting between the teams where
both are ranked since 1999. In that game, UW entered No. 16 while
Michigan State was ranked 11th. The Badgers jumped out to a 23-0 lead en
route to a 40-10 win in Madison.

Paul M. Banks is President and CEO of The Sports Bank.net , a Midwest focused webzine. He is also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, the Chicago Tribune's blog network, Walter Football.com, the Washington Times Communities, Yardbarker Network, and Fox Sports.com

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