The Spartans Must Stop _______ To Win

The time is here and Big Ten play is ready to get underway in full force, as Michigan State will host Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon. Whom must the Spartans stop on the Badgers to earn their first conference victory of the season? We look at several key offensive players for the Badgers.

Saturday afternoon the Michigan State Spartans will host Big Ten foe Wisconsin. This will mark the 49th meeting between the two programs with the Spartans leading the series 27-21, including a 14-7 mark in games played in East Lansing.

Both teams enter the contest ranked in the AP Poll with 4-0 records. For the Spartans to have a strong start to conference play, a victory is needed against a tough Wisconsin team that mirrors the Spartans in many ways.

However, who do the Spartans need to stop on the Badgers to earn their fifth victory of the season?

Scott Tolzien, QB – Efficient is the best way to describe Scott Tolzien and his style of play. The Badgers signal caller went 15-for-17 for 217 yards and three touchdowns last weekend and continues to prove he is one of the best at managing a game.

Lance Kendricks, TE – Just like the Spartans, the tight end is an important part of the Badgers offensive attack. Kendricks had his second 100-yard game last weekend and must be considered the Badgers biggest offensive passing threat.

John Clay, RB – Clay may not be having the season some felt he would have, but he is still a player who is dangerous and consistent. So far this season Clay has recorded four games with 100 or more yards rushing. For the season, Clay has rushed for 501 yards and six touchdowns.

James White, RB – The Spartans have enjoyed watching freshman Le'Veon Bell enjoy a quick start in his first season. White has done that for the Badgers posting 269 yards and four touchdowns this season. Last weekend was White's coming out party as he scored all four of his touchdowns he's got this season and rushed for 145 yards on 11 carries. Remember, it was against Austin Peay.

Gabe Carimi, OL – Wisconsin always fields a solid offensive line and this season is no different as senior left tackle Gabe Carimi anchors the unit. Carimi has been a solid player for the Badgers since taking over for Outland Trophy winner and No. 3 overall NFL Draft choice Joe Thomas in 2007.

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