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Looking ahead to the Spartans’ Big Ten crossover game Saturday at Wisconsin.

Fast facts Matchup: Michigan State (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) at No. 8 Wisconsin (5-0, 2-0).

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin.

TV/radio: BTN, WJR-AM (760).

Line: Badgers by 10½.

Injury report MSU: Out: LS Ryan Armour (left leg, season), LT Kevin Jarvis (right knee), DE Zach Slade (leg, season), WR Jalen Nailor (right foot), LT Cole Chewins (back), WR Tre’Von Morgan (right knee). Questionable: DE Jacub Panasiuk (right hip), OG/C Blake Bueter (left leg), CB Josh Butler (undisclosed), LT A.J. Arcuri (right ankle), OL Mustafa Khaleefah (undisclosed), CB Shakur Brown (undisclosed), WR Cam Chambers (undisclosed), DE Brent Mossburg (undisclosed), DE Michael Fletcher (right foot). Probable: RB Elijah Collins (right hamstring), DE Jack Camper (right foot).

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Wisconsin: Out: TE Luke Benzschawel (right leg, season), LS Josh Bernhagen (left leg, season), WR Cade Green (right leg, season), TE Gabe Lloyd (right leg, season), S Scott Nelson (left leg, season), FB Quan Easterling (leg), TE Hayden Rucci (arm), TE Coy Wanner (ankle). Questionable: LB Leon Chenal (head), FB Mason Stokke (head), NT Bryson Williams (leg), S Madison Cone (leg).

Michigan State receiver Darrell Stewart Jr. catches the ball for a touchdown during the second quarter at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Michigan State receiver Darrell Stewart Jr. catches the ball for a touchdown during the second quarter at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

Scouting report When MSU has the ball: The Spartans’ two turnovers in their first four plays set in motion Saturday’s 34-10 loss at Ohio State, though they did recover and had 178 of their 285 total yards in the first half. That included 56 rushing yards, with just 11 in the final two quarters as MSU had to go into comeback mode. That allowed the Buckeyes to key on the pass in the second half and tee off on Brian Lewerke, and the Spartans’ offensive line struggled to pass block against the fierce OSU pass rush. Lewerke ranks second in the Big Ten at 257.2 yards passing and 281.0 total yards of offense per game, though Pro Football Focus said the Spartans have the most dropped passes in the country (23). That has limited Lewerke to just 58.5% completion percentage. WR Darrell Stewart continues to lead the conference with 41 catches, which is tied for sixth nationally, and 624 receiving yards. The Spartans have scored one offensive TD in a game three times, but they average 27.8 points. Wisconsin’s defense pitched non-conference shutouts of South Florida, Central Michigan and last week over Kent State by a combined 158-0 score. Jack Sanborn leads Wisconsin with 28 tackles, including three sacks an interception, while fellow LB Zack Baun has nine tackles for a loss and six sacks. The Badgers have created 12 turnovers, six interceptions and six fumble recoveries.

Through six weeks and four straight home games, the Wisconsin Badgers (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) find themselves undefeated atop the Big Ten West, mimicking their start to the 2017 campaign with multiple early season blowout wins.

Jonathan Taylor is the only running back in the Heisman conversation, the Badger defense is ranked highest in the country and the re-enrollment of Quintez Cephus has elevated the receiving corps to a dangerous level. Everything is clicking for Wisconsin.

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The only question is, will this winning formula stand throughout the year?

While The Ohio State University prepared the city of Columbus for the Badgers’ late October visit, Michigan State entered the picture. The Spartans were outgunned at the Horseshoe a week ago, falling 34–10 after giving the Buckeye faithful a scare through about one quarter of play.

Michigan State’s defense forced Heisman contender Justin Fields to throw his first interception of the year and — barring multiple missed opportunities on a short field — could have jumped out to an early 14 point lead. Ultimately, the Spartans failed to recover from self-inflicted damage and the talent gap eventually caught up to them.

Wisconsin is coming off its third dominant shutout victory of the season and its second against a Mid American Conference opponent.

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Kent State had no answer for Taylor, who tallied 186 rushing yards in three quarters. The Badgers rode his five all-purpose touchdowns to an easy 48–0 win. Against the stingy Spartan defensive front however, the chemistry between junior quarterback Jack Coan and his talented receivers will be critical in complementing the star back.

After impressing against Michigan and non-conference opponents early in 2019, Coan had a rough outing against Northwestern, a team which prides itself on harassing opposing passing units. His confidence seemed to bounce back against the Golden Flashes, but performing at the highest level versus Michigan State is crucial for his seasonal aspirations.

Establishing a dynamic rhythm of offense will be a key facet of this weekend’s first quarter. Thus far in 2019, every Badger opening drive has ended in a touchdown, and another against the Spartans would place momentum in the home team’s favor. This necessitates a mix of run and pass — specifically play action — where Coan can find his favorite targets downfield early on and gain a beat on Michigan State’s aggressive defense.

The betting line favors the Badgers by 10.5 in a low scoring game. In October Big Ten matchups, it would be unwise to predict anything else. The margin of error only tightens as the regular season progresses and teams become more dialed into their game plans. Spartans Head Coach Mike Dantonio will have his team angry and ready to spoil the Badgers’ playoff hopes with 60 minutes of physical play.

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When Wisconsin has the ball: MSU has had varied struggles the past two weeks in allowing more than 30 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 2016. After getting picked apart by Indiana QB Michael Penix a week earlier, the Spartans allowed 323 rushing yards Saturday at Ohio State, their second-most under coach Mark Dantonio and 13 shy of the 335 they allowed in Columbus two years ago. That dropped MSU to No. 22 in total defense (299.7 yards per game) and 21st in run defense (100.3), and their 18.2 points allowed ranks 21st. CB Josiah Scott (12 tackles, interception) and LB Joe Bachie (11 tackles, two sacks) both had productive games but also gave up big plays and tried punching the ball out rather than making a tackle on J.K. Dobbins’ game-altering 67-yard TD run. To stop Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, who leads the Big Ten in rushing and the nation in touchdowns, the Spartans need another career game from DTs Raequan Williams and Mike Panasiuk, who combined for 15 tackles against OSU. The Badgers rank 10th in the nation at 254.0 rushing yards per game, 11th in scoring (43.4 points) and average 456.8 yards overall. They also are the nation’s best at possession time, keeping the ball for 37 minutes, 16 seconds per game, while committing just five turnovers (four fumbles, one interception).

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Know the foe: Wisconsin Taylor time: Taylor, a 5-foot-11, 219-pound junior, is a bona fide Heisman Trophy candidate with 745 yards and 12 TDs on 103 carries so far this season, averaging 149.0 per game. He also has four receiving touchdowns and another 114 yards on 12 catches. Last year’s Doak Walker Award winner as the nation’s best running back has 27 games of 100-plus yards in 32 appearances over three seasons. Taylor also has nine games of 200-plus yards, including a season-best 203 with two TDs in a 35-13 win over Michigan.

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Disruptive defense: The Badgers are a surprise leader nationally in defense under coordinator Jim Leonhard, ranking No. 1 in scoring defense (5.8 points per game), total defense (178.6 yards per game), pass defense (131.0 yards) and third-down conversions (15.9%). They are No. 2 in run defense (47.6 yards), fourth in red-zone defense (55.6%) and seventh in sacks (4.2 per game). The Badgers allowed 29 points in its Big Ten wins over Michigan and Northwestern, giving up just three points in the first half of those two games. Neither the Wolverines nor Wildcats got more than 100 yards rushing or 300 total yards.

Game manager: First-year starting QB Jack Coan has not needed to do much this season, but the junior has been a steady game manager. The 6-3, 216-pounder completes 74.6% of his throws for 187.8 yards per game with seven TDs to one interception. Coan threw for 134 yards last week against Kent State, his third straight game after getting 128 yards against Michigan and 113 vs. Northwestern. None of his touchdown passes have come in Big Ten play, though he did run for two TDs against Michigan.