It’s a big week for the Big Ten.
Conference play finally starts in the Midwest, and the Michigan State-Wisconsin matchup is probably the most competitive in-conference game of the weekend.
Both Top 25 teams have plenty to gain but also plenty to lose. One loss in conference play can really put a season in jeopardy, while simultaneously taking a team out of the running in terms of national championships or big BCS bowl appearances.
Not only is it a gut-check for both programs, but it also will be a good measuring stick on how both programs have fared thus far.
Spartans coach Mark Dantonio is expected to be in Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoon, albeit sitting in the press box and not on the sidelines. Don Treadwell will be the Spartans’ on-field general, although it is yet to be seen how Dantonio will impact the game and whether he will be calling all the shots.
Either way, it will be an exciting opener to what promises to be a truly entertaining rest of the college football season—especially in the Big Ten.