Wisconsin football

The Michigan State Spartans (10-2) and Wisconsin Badgers (10-2) will play in the Big Ten conference championship Saturday night inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

Michigan State Spartans vs. Wisconsin Badgers

Michigan State won the Big Ten Legends Division title in outright fashion, coming off a 31-17 win over the Northwestern Wildcats as 5.5-point road favorites.  The Spartans will be aiming to make it three in a row against the Badgers, tallying a riveting 37-31 win as seven-point home underdogs in Oct. 22.

Senior quarterback Kirk Cousins launched a hail mary into the air and it was caught by Keith Nichol at the goal line for a game-winning touchdown.  The Spartans lead the all-time series by a 29-21 margin, with the last five games being decided by a combined total of 28 points.

The team is currently ranked No. 13 in the latest BCS standings, while the senior class has won more Big Ten Conference games (24) than any other conference team over the last four years.

Michigan State leads all conference members in allowing just 102.5 rushing yards per game, while also holding opponents to 266.7 total yards.  The unit will look to get after opposing quarterback Russell Wilson, coming in with a league-best 33 sacks.

Bettors will find that the Spartans are 0-3 ATS on a neutral field the past two-plus years, while going over in two of three games.

Wisconsin is 31-7 since the start of the 2009 season, which leads all teams in the Big Ten Conference over that span.  The four-year record of the Badger seniors is 38-13.  The team has bounced back nicely in capturing four straight wins since dropping road games against Michigan State and Ohio State.

The Badgers recent offensive play has been led by running back Montee Ball, who has amassed 797 total yards and 13 touchdowns over the last four games.  He leads the nation with 34 touchdowns and has reached pay dirt twice in each game this season.

Offensively, the team ranks fourth nationally in averaging 44.8 points per game, which is slightly up from its school-record of 41.5 a year ago.  Wisconsin is the only team in the country to have a quarterback ranked among the top 10 in pass efficiency and a running back in the top 10 in rushing yards.

Expect some points to land on the scoreboard with the program averaging 33.2 points when facing four ranked opponents earlier this year.  Signal-caller Russell Wilson has piloted the team to 56 of its 65 red zone attempts into touchdowns.

Bettors will find that the underdog in this series has covered five of the last six meetings, while the ‘over’ is on an 8-1 run.

Recommendation:  Michigan State Spartans +10

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