The Wisconsin vs. Michigan State game is finally drawing national interest. Wisconsin travels to play the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday, in one of several games that pit 4-0 opponents against each other this weekend. Both teams are ranked right now, but for some reason neither Wisconsin nor Michigan State has been getting mentioned as a possible contender for the college football national championship game. It’s something that needs to happen though, as both schools could certainly play themselves into the picture with some great games on their schedules in October.
Between Wisconsin and Michigan State, it is the Spartans who have put up a more impressive resume in the 2010 college football season, and yet they are just now breaking into the college football rankings.
Two weeks ago Michigan State beat Notre Dame with a very impressive trick play in overtime, and that game at least put them on the national radar. The team has looked really good on both offense and defense, but now they have to prove that their 4-0 record is real, and that they can beat other highly ranked teams. Maybe then they will get more respect around the country.
Wisconsin has been crushing opponents, including a 70-3 win over Austin Peay last weekend that really pushed them up the rankings when it comes to offense. Right now Wisconsin has the 10th best rushing game in college football (257.5 yards per game) to go along with the 15th best defense (just 14.3 points against them per game). Now they have to go up against a pretty good Spartans offense that won’t be looking to take the game lightly.
The Wisconsin vs. Michigan State game serves as the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams, and the first of eight conference games that they will each play this season. It will be important for both teams to get off on the right foot, especially with how many good looking teams there are in the Big Ten this season. Coming into Saturday’s games, six of them are still undefeated.
The Wisconsin vs. Michigan State game will kick off at 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST) on Saturday, October 2. There will be plenty of coverage for this game, with both ABC and ESPN advertising regional coverage. Those who don’t see the Texas vs. Oklahoma game will get this one as the mid-afternoon game. It is definitely one that any college football fan would want to watch as well.
The battle between great starting quarterbacks averaging more than 200 passing yards and lead running backs averaging more than 100 rushing yards per game will be equated by the defenses. Can the Michigan State defense prove that they are as good as Wisconsin? Or will Wisconsin’s defense dominate the ball on Saturday? Things only get tougher for both schools after this game, but at least Michigan State avoids Ohio State, which could lead to two undefeated Big Ten teams. Then what? Complete BCS chaos.