Wisconsin/Michigan State pregame notes

The Badgers and Spartans kick off from East Lansing at 2:30 p.m. Central

What: No. 5 Wisconsin (9-0 overall, 6-0 Big Ten) at Michigan State (4-5, 3-3)
When: 2:30 p.m. Central, Saturday, Nov. 13
Site: Spartan Stadium in East Lansing (72,027, artificial turf).
Broadcasts: ABC live TV coverage (ABC coverage map); 46-city Wisconsin Radio Network live coverage.

Wisconsin results to date
Home team in italics

Sept. 4—Wisconsin 34, Central Florida 6
Sept. 11—Wisconsin 18, UNLV 3
Sept. 18—Wisconsin 9, Arizona 7
Sept. 25—Wisconsin 16, Penn State 3
Oct. 2—Wisconsin 24, Illinois 7
Oct. 9—Wisconsin 24, Ohio State 13
Oct. 16—Wisconsin 20, Purdue 17
Oct. 23—Wisconsin 24, Northwestern 12
Nov. 6—Wisconsin 38, Minnesota 14

Northwestern results to date
Home team in italics

Sept. 4—Rutgers 19, Michigan State 14
Sept. 11—Michigan State 24, Central Michigan 7
Sept. 18—Notre Dame 31, Michigan State 24
Sept. 25—Michigan State 30, Indiana 20
Oct. 2—Iowa 38, Michigan State 16
Oct. 9—Michigan State 38, Illinois 25
Oct. 16—Michigan State 51, Minnesota 17
Oct. 30—Michigan 45, Michigan State 37 (3OT)
Nov. 6—Ohio State 32, Michigan State 17

Michigan State versus Wisconsin: The Spartans lead the all-time series 25-19, but the Badgers have won seven of the last nine meetings. Wisconsin won 56-21 in Madison last season and 42-24 in East Lansing two years ago. Michigan State's last win over UW was three years ago in Madison, 42-28, and their last win at home over UW was 1996, 30-13.

Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez is in his 15th season at UW. He has a 108-67-4 career record.

Michigan State coach John L. Smith is in his second season at MSU and his 16th season as a head coach (Idaho, Utah State and Louisville). He has a 12-10 record with the Spartans and a 122-70 career mark.

  • Wisconsin's star defensive end Erasmus James said this week he expects to be 100 percent and to start Saturday's game. James leads the Big Ten with seven sacks. He played just five plays last week, but got a hit on Minnesota quarterback Bryan Cupito on the first two of those plays.

  • A Badger victory would tie Barry Alvarez with former Michigan State head coach Duffy Daugherty (1954-72) for the ninth-most wins in Big Ten history with one institution.

  • Wisconsin tailback Anthony Davis needs just 17 rushing yards to move up to No. 6 on the Big Ten's all-time list.

  • The Badgers lead the nation in scoring defense (9.1 points per game) and are No. 3 in total defense (246.9 yards per game). UW has pitched 22 shutout quarters.

  • Wisconsin has never been 10-0 in a season in its 115-year program history and has won seven games in the Big Ten only twice (1998 and 1999).

  • Michigan State has more first downs than any team in the Big Ten (205), while UW has allowed fewer first downs than any other conference team (133).

  • Michigan's State's six sacks allowed are the fewest in the Big Ten. The Badgers 28 sacks lead the conference.

  • UW leads the Big Ten in time of possession, averaging 34:53.

  • Spartan kicker Dave Rayner has made more field goals (19) than any other kicker in the country.

  • The Spartans are fourth in the conference in net punting (37.8), while Wisconsin is third (38.2). Badger punter Ken DeBauche is averaging 45 yards per attempt the past three games and is at 41.7 for the season.

  • Michigan State's 255.8 rushing yards per game in conference games only leads the Big Ten by a wide margin. Minnesota is second at 198.7. The Spartans also lead the conference in league-only games in scoring (31.8 points per game).

  • Wisconsin has allowed 11 points per game in six conference games, the fewest in the league. In Big Ten games, the Badgers are No. 2 in rush defense (94.2), trailing only Iowa (80.8).

  • The Spartans have completed passes to 14 different players, eight of which have caught at least 12 passes.

  • UW has completed passes to 11 different players, six of which have caught at least 10 passes.

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