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Spartans Badgers in Big Ten Clash

In one of the most exciting matchups of the week, the Wisconsin Badgers get their first big road test of the season when they visit the Michigan State Spartans.

The home team has won the last six games in this Big Ten rivalry; will Michigan State keep that trend alive and end another undefeated season this week?

Wisconsin has won every game this season by at least 31 points, including last week’s 59-7 win over Indiana in which Montee Ball rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns.

View Wisconsin vs Michigan State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Sportsbooks had the Spartans pegged as 6-point underdogs in this matchup but it is up to -8 at Bovada and TopBet as of late Friday. The total rests around 50 at most shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Spartans rated this week at No. 7 and the Badgers sitting at No. 2.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Michigan State's No. 65-ranked offense (28 PPG) against a Badgers defense that ranks No. 3 at 9.7 PPG. The Spartans passing attack has averaged 244.3 yards per game, more than the Badgers give up through the air (144.8 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Badgers feature the league's No. 6-rated road run defense, allowing 64 yards per game. Michigan State, meanwhile, ranks No. 40 in rushing offense at home.

Last time out for Wisconsin, they were a 59-7 winner as they battled Indiana at home. Wisconsin covered in the match as a 38-point favorite, while 66 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Michigan State was a 28-14 winner at home against Michigan. They covered the 3–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (42) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

Wisconsin Badgers Trends:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on grass are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing within the conference are 9-1

Michigan State Spartans Trends:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 9-1

A few Badgers at Spartans trends to consider:
Wisconsin is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Wisconsin is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Wisconsin's last 8 games when playing Michigan State
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Wisconsin's last 15 games
Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Michigan State's last 8 games when playing Wisconsin
Michigan State is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan State's last 5 games

Next up:
Wisconsin at Ohio State, Saturday, October 29
Michigan State at Nebraska, Saturday, October 29

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