Michigan State vs #8 Wisconsin Badgers Official Game Thread Updates & Comments

Hondo S. Carpenter

Camp Randall Stadium

Madison, WI

Welcome ladies and gentlemen to beautiful Camp Randall Stadium for today's matchup between the unranked Michigan State Spartans and the #8 Wisconsin Badgers.   

The Badgers have one of America's most feared rushing attacks.  Led by Heisman hopeful Jonathan Taylor, they do what they do each and every week without a change.  They will come with a downhill running style that attacks the defense.

But don't be deceived, they can throw the ball.  They just haven't needed to.  They didn't just give their QB job to a returning started.  Two years removed from a 10 win season and coming off an eight-win campaign, head coach Paul Chryst decided to have an true open competition and the youngster won out.  They can throw, but no one has forced them to do it.

They are undefeated and they have thrown when they want and now when they had to.  For the Spartans to win today, they must be able to shut down the running game and force the Badgers and their young QB to throw out of necessity.

Offensively, the Spartans are going into the teeth of the most underrated defenses in America.  They are the best in the Big Ten and MSU must understand that they will not score on every possession, but they need to sustain drives so the defense doesn't get tired out.

The Spartan need not only pass or only run.  Balance will be the key today.  A ten play drive with no points will still allow the defense to rest and worth its value in GOLD.  In case you missed it, here is my prediction and those of our Spartan Nation contributors from our Scouting Report and prediction article yesterday:

Prediction…

• Coach Chuck Grenier 21-14 Michigan State

• Duffy Carpenter 24-10 Wisconsin

• Jonathan Schopp 38-18 Wisconsin

• Matt Hladik 20-13 Wisconsin

• Matt Duda 45-17 Wisconsin

• Chris Stoddard 31-17 Wisconsin

Mark Dantonio told us last week that the game versus Ohio State was THE measuring stick. I agree with him. This team is not a competitive team among the ELITE teams in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is, and the Spartans have the talent, but the Spartan offensive scheme and coaching aren’t good enough to win the Big Ten. I say make it 21-10 Badgers.

3:18 ET Spartans Release Dress List For Today:

3:43 ET  UW Won the Toss.  MSU will get the ball in the 2nd half.  Here we go from Camp Randall.

4:04 ET Scoring Update #1:  TOUCHDOWN Badgers.  They lead MSU 7-0.  4:52 1Q

4:21 ET End of the 1st Quarter.  Complete Stats:

4:22 ET Scoring Update #2:  1st play of the 2nd Q WI TOUCHDOWN.  14-0 Badgers 14:54 2Q

Scoring Update #3 4:45 ET: Badgers 29 Yard FG is good.  17-0 Badgers.  4:30 2nd Q

5:03 PM ET Halftime Wisconsin in total control of MSU 17-0.  Check out these stats:

5:45 ET End of the 3rd Quarter Wisconsin leads 17-0.  Stats below:

5:53 ET Scoring Update #4: Badgers punch it in for their fourth score and third TD. They lead MSU 24-0.  13:38 4th Q

6:01 ET:  Scoring Update #5:  Badgers get a pick-six off of Brian Lewerke and get their fourth touchdown of the day.  12:52 4Q  31-0

6:13 ET Scoring Update #6: Badgers punch in their fifth touchdown and the sixth score of the day to lead the hapless Spartans 38-0.  10:52 4Q

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JeffDullack
JeffDullack

There's really not much to say. This isn't the Michigan State team that it was during the first nine years under Dantonio. Since going to the college football playoff in 2015, Michigan State is 24-20, soon to be 24-21

Ikegreenandwhite
Ikegreenandwhite

I'd rather be in camo up a tree, about now.

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

Wisconsin is lowkey crazy

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

I mean I know there really good. But some of these season wide stats are amazing

Msurick
Msurick

If W had taken some risk to score on either of the last 2 drives this game could already be over. As it stands if we can score 7 on the opening drive of the half then get a stop, we could climb back into the game. Anything short of that will make it almost impossible to be in it at the end.

SpartanSports
SpartanSports

Its sad watching Dantonio on the sidelines. Probably should have retired long time ago. Still amazes me how the program hit rock bottom so fast

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

offense cant do anything but the fake works lollll

greenqueen
greenqueen

that fake was amazing...who's calling plays now?

m4msu
m4msu

Coach is using bad words today, lol

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Great call by Dantonio, but can the offense do anything to capitalize?

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

The best offensive play of the game is a fake punt :(

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

How the F do you NOT get the play in quick when it was a controversial catch so no review. Offensive coaching sucks. Caught it but terrible coaching

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Sacked, not a new offense, new coaches. This sucks. I feel bad for the guys

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

2 sacks by the offense and a penalty, illegal substitution on the coaches

greenqueen
greenqueen

3rd and 27 and we shuffle????

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

Cody White open for a TD

greenqueen
greenqueen

Cody White all alone...smh! C'mon Lewerke look!!!!!

JPSpartan
JPSpartan

Have to have better QB play there. Cody White is on the field, wide open, and not identified. Will MSU make a QB change? You already know the answer. Production of points is what MSU needs from the QB position. It is not happening now. They should exhaust all options

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

Ive seen Cody White open at least 5 times for a TD this season and he doesnt look downfield. Its 3 and 27 cmon

Msurick
Msurick

I know Hondo says the talent is there. But I don’t see a single Spartan offensive player that I would take over any Wisconsin offensive player right now. We may not be light years behind Wisconsin like we were at Ohio State, but we are definitely not as talented,

Stramm3
Stramm3

Again the defense give up big yardage when ahead of schedule. Not a good defense

Stramm3
Stramm3

3rd and long is almost automatic for them. Defensive lapses all game

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

Put Rocky in

greenqueen
greenqueen

4th quarter...can we score?

No. 151-176
JeffDullack
JeffDullack

The fact that Michigan State needed to come out with a sense of urgency today and instead looked like a team that had absolutely no interest in doing anything different from what it's done this season is a huge indictment on the coaching staff (particularly the offensive staff, but the defensive staff to a lesser extent too) and on where the state of the program is today.

greenqueen
greenqueen

Maybe we can put in Rocky now!?

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

if your having a bad day think about Cody White and Rocky Lombardi right now

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

It’s official...wasn’t worth paying the cable bill to watch this BS. C’mon coaches, when do you start caring about the kids and not your wallets

JPSpartan
JPSpartan

And this is the rock bottom moment for Spartans Football under Mark Dantonio. Even the all-time best Head Coach in school history has this kind of day, this kind of upcoming week or two. It's just part of the deal.

m4msu
m4msu

Put Rocky in now, sure, but freezing cold Rocky probably not the real fix that is needed either. There isnt one today.

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Well, Wisconsin has scored FOUR defensive TD's this year. That same defense has only allowed 4 TDs.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

There have been some awful losses over the last couple of years, but this has to be the worst, right? This was a chance to at least prove you can stick with a good team like Wisconsin, and instead, it's been a complete no show by everyone.

Stramm3
Stramm3

Is the put in rocky crowd gonna say anything about that throw like they would if it were lewerke?

m4msu
m4msu

Rocky crowd is a bunch of crickets me thinks.

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

This is BS for Rocky, Non-meaningful minutes all year no passing just handing the ball off and now they put him in the game in the 4th quarter and expect him to do something.

Stramm3
Stramm3

I got nothing against rocky I hope he develops into a stud next year, but the constant complaining everytime brian made a mistake with as well as he has played this year has been maddening.

m4msu
m4msu

Rocky gotta seize the moment like any other opportunity. Collins did.

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

In case anyone wondered what an ass whooping looks like, you just witnessed it

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

This is just gut wrenching. If I were Cody White I would have entered the transfer portal....14 doesnt throw it his way, EVER. I am just embarrassed by this team. Offense, defense special teams, coaching. Counting the days till basketball.

m4msu
m4msu

Lets see Theo, wtheck.

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

Gotta find someone who can breathe some life into this team.

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

If Rocky continues to not play hes not going to be ready with game experience next year. what a joke. Not playing your future QB.

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

imagine is Saban never left. We would be in the playoff this year

greenqueen
greenqueen

I'm not embarrassed about this team at all...it is a great bunch of guys that got the short end of the stick when better decisions weren't made during the off season. You know what...they keep going out there fighting. I haven't really seen them give up. Many people would if they had problems had work with their bosses not doing their part. These are a bunch of college kids.

Stramm3
Stramm3

If cody white hadn't dropped balls all season I might agree with you, but hes a MAC level receiver so maybe that's where he ends up

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Penn State all play college kids and manage to put a good product out on the field.

m4msu
m4msu

I blame the idiot that brought in all the low lifes that is now suing, sorry, has to be said. Program is still reeling from his efforts.

JPSpartan
JPSpartan

A lot of folks expect Dantonio to retire after this yr. If so, here’s a starter list of candidates, in no order,to play with: D. Shaw, Wilcox, Stoops, Narduzzi, M. Lewis, Schiano, B. Jones, Gase/Shurmur (if either fired). Just a top of the head starter list.

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

All those players transferring should speak loud and clear about the state of our football program at present. This coaching staff hasnt worked for 3 years straight now. I dont care what the title is next to their names, it is the same message delivered by the same messenger. Just look a little north to Minnesota...I am no fan of PJ Fleck and his antics, but look what he's done in a very short time. Even Indiana looks legit with their dynamic head coach and staff. Time to thank Coach D as he heads to retirement. He has done wonderful things for MSU. But it's time for a change.

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