When: Saturday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. CST
Site: Camp Randall Stadium (76,634, FieldTurf) in Madison, Wis.
Broadcasts: ESPN2 live TV coverage; 43-city Wisconsin Radio Network, live radio coverage.
Wisconsin results to date
Home team in italics (links to UWBadgers.com game stories)
Michigan State results to date
Home team in italics (links to MSUSpartans.ocsn.com game stories)
Sept. 6—Michigan State 44, Rutgers 28
Sept. 13—Louisiana Tech 20, Michigan State 19
Sept. 20—Notre Dame 22, Michigan State 16
Sept. 27—Michigan State 20, Iowa 10
Oct. 4—Michigan State 31, Indiana 3
Oct. 11—Michigan State 49, Illinois 14
Oct. 18—Minnesota 44, Michigan State 38
Versus Wisconsin: The Spartans lead the all-time series 25-18. Wisconsin has won three of the last four contests, including a 42-24 victory at Camp Randall last season. The Badgers ran roughshod over MSU's defense, finishing with 313 yards on the ground. Tailbacks Anthony Davis and Dwayne Smith ran for 170 and 110 yards, respectively. Quarterback Brooks Bollinger ran for 58 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 118 yards and three touchdowns.
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2003 pregame notes
- Michigan State quarterback Jeff Smoker leads the Big Ten in yards passing (2,675), attempts (368) and completions (236). His 15 touchdown passes are tied for third.
- The Badgers and Spartans each have two receivers among the top 10 in the league in receptions per game. Michigan State's Agim Shabaj is fifth with 52 receptions (5.20 per game) and Jaren Hayes is seventh with 45 (4.5). Wisconsin's Lee Evans (4.6 per game) and Brandon Williams (4.1) are sixth and 10th, respectively.
- Michigan State kick returner DeAndra Cobb leads the Big Ten with 669 yards returning and a 27.9 yard average. He has returned three kicks for touchdowns this season.
- The Spartans also possess the league's top punter, Brandon Fields, who averages 46.2 yards per punt, and the conference's top scoring kicker, Dave Rayner, who has 94 points this season. Rayner has hit 21 of 26 field goal attempts and 31 of 32 extra point attempts.
- Michigan State leads the conference in net punting (41.2 yard average) and kickoff coverage (16.0 yards allowed per return).
- Michigan State's plus-15 turnover ratio is tied for the Big Ten best with Purdue. The Spartans have forced a league-high 26 turnovers (12 fumbles, 14 interceptions) and have given the ball up just 11 times (two, nine).
- Michigan State leads the Big Ten in passing offense (278.2 yards per game) and is last in rushing offense (103.4). The play calling, though, is largely balanced. The Spartans pass 55.9 percent of the time.
- Wisconsin is third in the Big Ten in total offense (387.8), Michigan State is fourth (381.6).
- The Spartans, meanwhile, are seventh in the league in total defense (368.2) and the Badgers are eighth (368.9).
- Michigan State leads the Big Ten with 38 sacks after recording 19 all of last season. Only Indiana has yielded more sacks (33) than Wisconsin (28).
- The Badgers are the second-least penalized team in the conference (39.3 yards per game) while the Spartans are the most penalized (85.3).
- Wisconsin's 27 first downs against Minnesota were a season high.
- Jim Sorgi's 305 passing yards against the Gophers was the 10th-highest total during Barry Alvarez's tenure as coach.
- Wisconsin defensive backs coach Ron Lee was a defensive back at Washington State while Michigan State coach John L. Smith was the Cougars' defensive coordinator in the late 1980s.
- The average margin of victory in the last seven Badger-Spartan matchups is 19.7.