Detroit News columnists John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski, with beat writers Angelique Chengelis and Matt Charboneau, discuss last week's games and this week's lineups. With a special appearance by WMU coach P.J. Fleck.
Matt Charboneau, Angelique S. Chengelis, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski predict the outcome of Saturday's Michigan State-Wisconsin game.
Matt Charboneau: Michigan State was dominant at times in its victory over Notre Dame and proved it can be physical up front on offense. Wisconsin likely provides a stiffer defensive test as the Badgers rank No. 1 overall in the Big Ten. The Badgers, however, have had their share of issues scoring points and enter the game against the Spartans with multiple injuries on offense and a new starting quarterback. It will be too much for Wisconsin to pull the upset. Michigan State 27-13
Angelique S. Chengelis: Michigan State is feeling good about itself after going into South Bend and beating Notre Dame. Unfortunately for the Badgers, they’re coming into East Lansing to face a team that’s feeling good about itself after a road win against the Irish. Wisconsin has quarterback issues and banged up running backs. Michigan State 35-13
John Niyo: Wisconsin’s defense is no joke, and it won’t get riddled like Notre Dame’s did a week ago. The question is which team manages to finish drives with touchdowns. The Spartans backfield — aided by Tyler O’Connor’s running ability — gives them the edge. Michigan State 23-17
Bob Wojnowski: The Spartans answered key questions about their offensive line last week, pounding the Irish with the running game. I suspect the Badgers defense will present a tougher test. But Wisconsin’s offense is muddled, with RB Corey Clement injured and a possible quarterback shuffle. As long as Tyler O’Connor takes care of the ball, Michigan State should handle this. Michigan State 24-10