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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Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

I feel sick already

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

hopefully the O can do something

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Well that was tough. After a 3 and out WI drives right down. O has to sustain something.

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

1/10 MSU at their own 25. 7-0 Badgers

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

Not a good throw 14

Spartyjude
Spartyjude

Could get REAL ugly this afternoon!

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

Again, throw PAST the sticks!!

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Offense only shed 37 seconds off the clock...

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MSU offense 3 and out again. Less than 45 seconds off the clock. Brutal to the D.

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

Cannot keep going 3 and out

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

1/10 WI at their own 25. 4:11 1Q 7-0 Badgers

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Offense needs to sustain drives to give the defense any chance of holding up this afternoon. Could get ugly in a hurry

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

ughhhh this offense

Spartyjude
Spartyjude

Lewerke looks VERY shaky so far.

Msurick
Msurick

3 and out is gonna be a problem. Puts way too much pressure on the D

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

This offense for MSU makes D look bad. That's on coach D

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

Now the penalties. Cant help a better team

m4msu
m4msu

Fullback is taking off early , 2nd time , no call.

Stramm3
Stramm3

The defence isnt playing well regardless of the offence. Had 2 chances to get off the field last drive and couldn't get it done

Stramm3
Stramm3

The defence isnt playing well regardless of the offence. Had 2 chances to get off the field last drive and couldn't get it done

Stramm3
Stramm3

Still cant get off the field... neither side of the ball is playing well

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Bachie was out for blood on that tackle!

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Wisconsin doing a nice job of keeping MSU's defense guessing.

Spartyjude
Spartyjude

So far this game is very revealing as to the gap between our team and the top teams in the league.

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

Game over

JPSpartan
JPSpartan

If you have the feeling that this is about to get ugly, you're not alone. You might not want to say it. But it is real

greenqueen
greenqueen

This is going to be a tough game to watch :(

greenqueen
greenqueen

Taylor 42 yards away from 5,000....guess that goal is going to be met and exceeded!

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

So predictable, so disappointing. These kids deserve better.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

After poor tackling was a problem against Indiana and Ohio State, you'd think that MSU would have cleaned some of that up this week, but it doesn't appear to be the case

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

ughhhhhhhhhhh

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

Good Night Irene

JPSpartan
JPSpartan

Season is essentially on the line right now, as is the back end of Mark Dantonio's legacy. MSU's Head Coach said he had to shuffle the staff of Offense rather than go outside bc it would've been to disruptive. Well, that decision's back is now up against the wall

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Right idea Stewart, take matters into your own hands..

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

WOW. With the season on the brink, at some point the O has to do something.

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Even after Michigan State failed to look the part of a Big Ten contender against Ohio State, the Spartans still had a chance to show up today and prove they can hang with another top team in the conference. Instead, it's been a no-show so far

msuchucky
msuchucky

no way state scores 14

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

I’m really wondering if Lewerke has a purpose to his throws? It seems he is just throwing to the wind

msuchucky
msuchucky

Here comes the quick slant for 5 on 3rd and 7

Msurick
Msurick

Lewerke is not sharp today.

msuchucky
msuchucky

Told you

greenqueen
greenqueen

I don't understand when it is 3rd and 8 and we throw 5 yards???

Msurick
Msurick

Playhad no chance

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

1/10 UW at their own 37. 12:04 2Q 14-0 Badgers

msuchucky
msuchucky

Because the offensive coaching staff is an absolute joke and Coach D has just let ever thing he build up come crashing down. Because of what his pride.

Stramm3
Stramm3

Ok... here is the season one this drive... the score here and things may start to snowball

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

this does not look good

Spartyjude
Spartyjude

Wow...our coaching staff is completely out classed by Wisconsin’s....embarrassing.

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

When I played at Michigan State I would hear people complain about and 3rd and 8th throwing it 5 yd but I bought into the company line. Then I went to the NFL and literally watched a coach MF A quarterback and tell him NFL stood for not for long if he didn't throw it past the 1st down marker on 3rd down. It's a mindset that Michigan state doesn't have.

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

So, I guess the only good thing I have to say is that the Bears have a bye on Sunday so I don't have to feel as bad as I did last weekend. I will go out on a limb here and say bench 14, put 12 in and let him learn for next year. Lewerke is having a horrible game so far.


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