Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, October 16, 2011
For the third time this season, ESPN College GameDay is headed to a Big Ten stadium. The popular ESPN staple announced Sunday that it will air from Spartan Stadium for Week 8's much-anticipated game between No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 16 Michigan State. Earlier this season, GameDay was in Ann Arbor for Notre Dame-Michigan and in Madison for Nebraska-Wisconsin. This game might be bigger than both of those, as it features two of last year's Big Ten champions and, arguably, the Big Ten best teams this season.
A year ago, Michigan State beat Wisconsin, 34-24, in Spartan Stadium, marking the Badgers' last regular-season loss. In the 13 regular-season games since, Wisconsin is 13-0 and has outscored its opponents 639-213 – an average score of 49-16.
As dominant as Wisconsin's offense has been, it will find things a lot harder Saturday against the nation's top defense. In its last two games, against Ohio State and Michigan, Michigan State's aggressive unit has notched 16 sacks and 23 tackles for loss. So yeah, it will be a great matchup Saturday.