A battle between Top-15 teams will commence in East Lansing this weekend when the Wisconsin Badgers travel to face the Michigan State Spartans in one of the most anticipated contests of Week 4 of the college football season.
In turn, Wisconsin vs. Michigan State football tickets have been rapidly rising on the secondary market, ranking as one of the most expensive games of the weekend. In fact, according to data provided by Razorgator, tickets to this showdown are averaging $158, with the get-in price clocking in at $76. Luckily, fans can at least save some money on their MSU Spartan Stadium parking by going through ParkWhiz.com, which features numerous cheap parking options all around the venue.
These two programs have played 49 times, but have not squared off since 2012. In the most recent matchup, Michigan State won 16-13 at Wisconsin. To give the game some context, Le’Veon Bell was Michigan State’s leading rusher, totaling 77 yards on 21 hard-fought carries. Montee Ball rushed for just 46 yards on 21 carries in the loss for the Badgers. The faces are all different in this particular meeting, but expect the action to be just as fierce, with both teams jockeying for position in the polls in the early going.
Fast forward to this year’s matchup and the backfields (and team complexions) look very different. Michigan State’s running back, LJ Scott, has played well in early-season games, but must step up in Big Ten play if the Spartans have a shot at winning the division. Things will not be easy, though against a physical Wisconsin defense that features several future NFL defenders.
For the Badgers, things start with the offensive line and rushing attack. Senior running back Corey Clement does not get as much fanfare as some of the other top running backs, but he’s very talented. Clement is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and is the team’s true bellcow runner. Due to an ankle injury, Clement did not play against Georgia State, but that may just be a precautionary move. Expect the coaching staff to feed Clement early and often to quiet a hostile Michigan State home crowd.
After its game against Michigan State, Wisconsin will play Michigan and Ohio State, so there will be a sense of urgency to win this game. Meanwhile, Michigan State will have a fairly easy schedule until an October 29 meeting against Michigan when they wrap up this next contest. Regardless, this should be one of the most exciting games of the weekend on the upcoming college football slate.