Wisconsin vs. Michigan State: 5 Halftime Adjustments the Spartans Must Make

Katie DayCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 03:  Brad Sonntag #81 of the Michigan State Spartans scores a 2-point conversion in the second quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Michigan State Spartans are looking to clinch a spot in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1988.

It's a rematch against the Wisconsin Badgers, whom the Spartans defeated by a Hail Mary earlier this season. You hardly could ask for a better rematch in the inaugural Big Ten Championship.

So far in Indianapolis, the Spartans have stayed strong and put up a memorable battle.

Legends are made through valiant strength, and the Spartans are close to making one.

Here are the adjustments the Spartans need to make, or continue to do, to be legends in the Big Ten.

1. Stop Montee Ball 

The Spartans struggled to stop the rushing game in the first quarter, but stepped up in the second.

Montee Ball accounted for most of the Badgers' first downs, as well as three touchdowns.

Michigan State has one of the best rushing defenses in the Big Ten and the nation. They've been stepping up in the second quarter, as well as their total defense.

2. Put Pressure on Russell Wilson

The defense needs to continue putting pressure on Russell Wilson.

They need to keep their eye on the Ball as well, making sure he doesn't throw it to Wilson.

They recently pulled that against Indiana, and the Spartans need to be sure that it doesn't happen again.

If they continue to place pressure on Wilson, it will lead him to make some bad decisions; decisions that the Spartans can get turnovers off of.

3.  Special Teams, Work Your Magic

The special teams need to repeat what they did against Wisconsin earlier this year: block those field goals and punts.

They truly aided their team last time. So far, they've fumbled on their second possession, resulting in a touchdown.

They need to step up to help turn the game around for the Spartans.

4.  Stayin' Alive

The Spartans are staying alive against Wisconsin.

When the Badgers scored a touchdown off of a drive that come from a fumble, Michigan State responded with a touchdown and stopping the Badgers on their next drive.

They want this win, and they are fighting strong for it.

They want to prove that the last win wasn't lucky. They need to keep this fighting spirit alive in the second half.

5. Kirk Cousins' Leadership

Kirk Cousins has been a calm leader so far in the first half.

He kept his team under control after the Spartans committed that turnover and led them to their second touchdown on fourth down.

He led his offense back to take the lead over the Badgers, and they're putting up a good fight against the Badgers' defense.

The Spartans are creating leaders and legends through their courage, determination, and valiant strength already in the first half. Let's hope it will continue on into the second.

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