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

Katie DayCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 03:  Jared Abbrederis #4 and Jeff Duckworth #15 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrate after Duckworth scored 3-yard touchdown reception against the Michigan State Spartans during the first quarter of the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Wisconsin Badgers are seeking revenge against the Hail Mary loss against Michigan State earlier this season; as well as a second trip to the Rose Bowl.

It's a rematch the Badgers truly want to win. The Spartans' win over the Badgers on October 22 was one of the most exciting college football games of the season.

Right now, it's been an exciting first half. Montee Ball has been a strong leader in rushing and touchdowns. He's been a strong aid in getting the Badgers down to the end zone, mostly in the first quarter.

Here are some adjustments the Badgers need to make, and some things they need to keep doing.

1. Keep Running, Montee Ball

Montee Ball needs to keep working his magic and using his strengths to drive the Badgers down the field.

He has been tremendous, but he's suffered in the second quarter. He needs to reignite the running game in the second half.

2.  Cover the Wide Receivers

The Badgers are struggling in covering the Spartans' wide receivers. They're allowing big plays to be made on the field.

They've allowed a passing touchdown on a fourth down, and they didn't even see B.J. Cunningham running into the end zone until it was too late.

If they want to win, they need to cover the big passes.

3. Stop the Spartans' Rushing

The Spartans have been overwhelming the Badgers with their running game. Le'Veon Bell and Edwin Baker have both posed a huge threat.

Baker scored a touchdown for the Spartans on the first drive of the game, and Bell went for six in the second quarter.

Wisconsin needs to limit their running if they want to stay in the game.

4. Limit Kirk Cousins and Offense

Kirk Cousins completed all of his passes until an interception in the middle of the second quarter.

He's been on fire out on the field and he has been strongly leading his offense.

The Badgers' defense needs to step up and limit the offensive yards. If they don't, Cousins and his offense will only overcome them in the second half.

They also need to stop Michigan State's fancy plays. It'll be hard but they need to keep an eye out for them.

5. Russell Wilson, Step Up

Russell Wilson had a strong first quarter, then struggled in the second.

He has to find a way to overcome the pressure that has been placed on him.

He failed to create anything off of an interception in the second quarter.

He needs to prove his leadership and step up to take his offense all the way, if they want to win the Big Ten Championship. 

The Spartans are taking over the field, and the Badgers need to find a spark if they want to make their Rose Bowl dreams come true.


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