The Wisconsin Badgers head to East Lansing this coming Saturday to take on the Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans are coming off an abysmal 49-20 loss to #2 Ohio State at home, giving up six passing touchdowns to Heisman candidate C.J. Stroud. This week’s game is a great opportunity for the Badgers to gain ground in the Big Ten West standings and possibly make an argument for a top-25 ranking in the near future.
Here is how the numbers line up for this weekend’s matchup.
Scoring: 31.8 points per game (T-53rd in FBS, 6th in Big Ten)
Total yards: 409.2 yards per game (65th in FBS, 8th in Big Ten)
Rushing offense: 173.7 yards per game (52nd in FBS, 5th in Big Ten)
Passing offense: 235.5 yards per game (77th in FBS, 8th in Big Ten)
Scoring: 25.8 points per game (T-90th in FBS, 9th in Big Ten)
Total yards: 342.3 yards per game (104th in FBS, 12th in Big Ten)
Rushing offense: 107.3 yards per game (114th in FBS, 11th in Big Ten)
Passing offense: 235.0 yards per game (78th in FBS, 9th in Big Ten)
Scoring: 19.5 points per game allowed, (32nd in FBS, 7th in Big Ten)
Total yards allowed: 320.5 yards per game allowed (26th in FBS, 7th in Big Ten)
Rushing defense: 117.0 yards per game allowed (33rd in FBS, 9th in Big Ten)
Passing defense: 203.5 yards per game allowed (41st in FBS, 7th in Big Ten)
Scoring: 27.0 points per game allowed (74th in FBS, 11th in Big Ten)
Total yards allowed: 445.5 yards per game allowed (113th in FBS, 13th in Big Ten)
Rushing defense: 153.5 yards per game allowed (87th in FBS, 12th in Big Ten)
Passing defense: 292.0 yards per game allowed (122nd in FBS, 14th in Big Ten)
Going against one of the worst defenses in college football, the Badgers should expect to win on Saturday. Graham Mertz is coming off a terrific performance against Northwestern, another weak defense, and could easily replicate that performance this weekend. Expect the Badgers to utilize Mertz and Chimere Dike as much as possible along with an increased workload for Isaac Guerendo following Chez Mellusi’s injury.
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