Wisconsin-Michigan State: Five Badgers Who Will Shine Against the Spartans

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Wisconsin-Michigan State: Five Badgers Who Will Shine Against the Spartans
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Coming off a 70-3 annihilation of the Austin Peay Governors, the No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers go on the road to kick off the Big Ten season against the No. 24 Michigan State Spartans.

Both teams are coming off relatively weak non-conference schedules, and fittingly both teams are 4-0. But now, each team gets its first "real" test.

Sure, Wisconsin needed a blocked extra point to defeat Arizona State, while MSU needed a fake field goal to get by Notre Dame. However, this game will be a great benchmark for both teams.

If Wisconsin is going to prove it's BCS-worthy, winning on the road against a good team is absolutely essential. If the Spartans are going to prove that they could be a sleeper in the Big Ten, defeating a contender at home is a must.

Yeah, Iowa-Penn State may be the Big Ten's premier matchup this week, but don't be surprised if Wisconsin-Michigan State ends up being the better game.

Here are five Badgers who could—and if Wisconsin hopes to win, need—to have big games on Saturday afternoon.

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