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2-1, 2nd in Big Ten - East
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Spartans tumble in ESPN’s rankings

Michigan State's 30-6 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday was its worst home loss since 2009. The Spartans drop 10 spots to No. 18 this week. Power Rankings: Week 4

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Wisconsin makes statement with win over Michigan State (0:32)
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Wisconsin might not be exciting, but it's fun to watch

Wisconsin put an old-fashioned beatdown on Michigan State to begin a brutal Big Ten stretch. The Badgers might be archaic in their approach, but they sure are making the conference race exciting.

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Mark Dantonio seems to disappear from the sideline (0:18)
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Wisconsin's D stifles Michigan State (1:33)
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No. 11 Wisconsin routs No. 8 Michigan State 30-6

Leo Musso returned a fumble 66 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and No. 11 Wisconsin turned its early-season showdown with No. 8 Michigan State into a rout, winning 30-6 on Saturday.

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T.J. Watt does impression of his brother

Texans star J.J. Watt's brother, T.J., sacks Michigan State QB Tyler O'Connor in the fourth quarter for Wisconsin. The No. 11 Badgers knocked off the No. 8 Spartans 30-6.

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T.J. Watt gets the sack for the Badgers (0:18)
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Wisconsin takes commanding 30-6 lead over Michigan State (0:20)
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Wisconsin returns Michigan State fumble 66 yards for TD (0:34)
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UM, MSU players raise fists during anthem

Players for Michigan and Michigan State raised their fists in the air during the national anthem at each team's home game on Saturday.

Sharon Katz ESPN Analytics 

Wisconsin's chance to win has jumped from about 50 percent at the start of the game to 73 percent at halftime, according to ESPN's win probability model. The biggest difference has been Wisconsin freshman QB Alex Hornibrook, who is averaging 7.1 yards per attempt and has four big third-down conversions. Michigan State's passing game, on the other hand, has been slowed and is averaging a mere 3.2 yards per pass attempt.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin's defense was simply outstanding in the first half, holding Michigan State to just a pair of field goals and 121 total yards. Spartans QB Tyler O'Connor has had tight windows to throw the ball in and has thrown it away several times already. There has been little room to run the ball, either.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

The difference thus far in the Wisconsin-Michigan State game: the Badgers have made plays in the passing game. Neither team has been able to run the ball effectively, but Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook is 9-of-14 for 104 yards. The Spartans have been too conservative offensively and will need to open up things to get back in this game.

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Wisconsin TE hauls in first TD of year (0:22)

Ivan Maisel ESPN Senior Writer 

Michigan State held the ball for 4:16 of the first quarter and the Spartans should be congratulated. Wisconsin's first three opponents held it in the first quarter for a total of 5:20. After a 16-play, 65-yard TD drive that lasted 7:38, the Badgers take a 7-3 lead into the second quarter.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State will be without star linebacker Riley Bullough (undisclosed injury) against Wisconsin. His younger brother, Byron Bullough, will start in his place.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

This guy is ready to roll for the first Wisconsin-Michigan State game since 2012.

Team Stats

Passing Yards227.069th
Rushing Yards168.775th
Points For23.3106th
Points Against23.752nd

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