Michigan State has held Michiganu2019s number over the last 10 years, with Mel Tucker and the Spartans riding two straight wins.
Michigan State was able to overcome undisciplined penalties against Wisconsin, but those penalties must be eliminated moving forward if MSU hopes to make a bowl game.
Wisconsin fired head coach Paul Chryst two weeks ago, but came back with a road stomping of Northwestern with interim head coach Jim Leonhard.
The State News’ football beat writer Alex Faber spoke with Sam Harrigan of The Badger Herald to get a preview of what Michigan State can expect Saturday afternoon.
If Michigan State wants to turn the season around, an improvement in play from Thorne is essential. But for that to happen, the Spartans have plenty of problem areas to fix.
Every week features blown coverages, missed tackles and a lack of production from the front-seven. Opposing quarterbacks consistently look like Heisman contenders when facing the Spartans' secondary.
Payton Thorne and Jayden Reed were in rhythm for the first time since last year, but MSU's lack of rushing attack continued to hinder the offense.
Michigan State's losing factors are repeating each other weekly and time is beginning to run out for MSU to find a fix.
Michigan State has not beaten Ohio State in Spartan Stadium since 1999 and the Spartans will need to play perfectly to beat OSU this week.