#25 Wisconsin faces a stiff test with the Michigan State defense

Unbeaten in their last 21 home games are the Wisconsin Badgers who feel they are back on track as one of the Big Ten’s elite teams after dominating wins overs Purdue and Minnesota.

What the Boilermakers and Gophers do not have, but the visiting Michigan State Spartans do is a legitimate defense.

If Michigan State had a business card, it would say “DEFENSE” in big bold letters and nothing else because it’s all they really need to keep a game close. But will their defense be enough to pull the ever-so rare upset at Camp Randall?

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Michigan State’s Defense is Nation’s 3rd Best; Only LSU and Alabama Higher

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Michigan State has a defensive unit ranked No. 3 nationally in total defense, allowing 257.3 yards per game. Only two teams have topped 400 yards of total offense against defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi’s unit. Just the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide are better than State at stopping their opponents. Of course, those two SEC units will play for the national title in college football, and they’re loaded with NFL talent. MSU doesn’t have near as many next level guys, which is a testament to Narduzzi’s ability.

You understand why he’s such a hot coaching prospect; especially this year with so many jobs open.

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#10 Michigan State Spartans-Northwestern Wildcats: Brutally Honest Preview

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Uncharted territory for the Big Ten this week. What happens when a team has already clinched a league championship game berth, but has nothing to play for beyond that? It’s the situation the Michigan State Spartans are currently in, as they’re bound for Indianapolis, but their only ticket to the BCS is if they beat the Penn State-Wisconsin winner next weekend.

So will they play their A-game at Northwestern? The Wildcats have a lot to play for- a seventh win guarantees them a bowl slot. They’re bowl eligible already, but the 2007 Wildcats were 6-6 and shut of a bowl. The Big Ten has nine bowl eligible teams, and will likely had a tenth (Purdue) on Saturday; to fill only eight slots. Of course, there’s at-large slots too. Nothing like beating a top ten team to help your bowl resume. And to do it in the season finale, the recency effect will help sell the team.

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Michigan State’s Defensive Line is Just Ridiculously Good

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It was truly sad that the Michigan St. community lost Bubba Smith this past year, because the current Michigan State defensive line is destroying opponents in the “Kill, Bubba Kill” spirit. Sure the unit was pretty solid last year, but this year they are even more dominant.

(BTW, you can bid on Bubba Smith‘s trophies and awards here)

In 2011 the State DL is stopping the run and rushing the passer in a fashion that would make Biggie Munn (“Biggie, Biggie, Biggie, can’t you see?”) and Duffy Daugherty proud.

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Wisconsin and Michigan State Meet for Big Ten Supremacy (Game Preview)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESPN College GameDay is heading to East Lansing to watch the Big Ten’s two best teams face off in prime-time. After being snubbed in the recent BCS rankings, the #6 Wisconsin Badgers (6-0) feel they have a lot to prove while the #16 Michigan State Spartans (5-1) hope to emerge from the shadows as a BCS contender.

All eyes are on Heisman Hopeful Russell Wilson and how he reacts to a stifling Spartans defense. The Badgers have not fared well in East Lansing while dropping their last three at Spartan Stadium, including their only regular season loss in 2010.

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Michigan State DL Vernon Gholston Suspended; Punched Michigan OL

The Big Ten Conference imposed a one-game suspension on Michigan State defensive lineman William Gholston for violating the Big Ten Sportslike Conduct Agreement during the Spartans’ game against Michigan on Oct. 15, 2011.

Unfortunately, the suspension comes for this week’s huge game versus the #4 Wisconsin Badgers. For a preview of that game go here.

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Michigan State Hauls in Stellar 2010 Recruiting Class

By Jeff Ghiringhelli

Whatever trust the Spartan faithful had in Mark Dantonio was lost following the dorm fight incident in November. However, it should be restored today. There were grumblings among Spartan Nation that Dantonio needed to do a better job promoting his no-nonsense attitude, and that he was not producing expected results on and off the field.

On National Signing Day, it seemed that Spartan recruits were unaffected by the incidents last year, as they all stayed on board to produce the fourth highest-rated class in the Big Ten. Penn State, Michigan, and Ohio State all finished ahead of MSU and in the Top 25 nationally. The Spartans are just outside of the top 25, ranking 29th on Rivals.

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