The Wisconsin Badgers Defense has been very solid to this point of the season, but the true test will come this Saturday afternoon in East Lansing against the Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans much like the Badgers have a great 1 – 2 punch coming out of the Backfield. The Spartans have rushed for more then 200 yards in each of it’s first four games and is led by a two headed attack of Edwin Baker and Le’Veon Bell. Both Baker and Bell ranked in the top five in the Big Ten in rushing.
Baker a Sophomore comes into play ranked 4th in the Big Ten and 16th in the nation in rushing with a 112 yard per game average. Baker is the quicker of the two and the game breaker, he already has two touchdown runs of 50 or more yards this season including a career best 80 yarder against Florida Atlantic. His other long touchdown run was from 59 yards out in the 3rd quarter against Noter Dame. He’s a Home Run type runner will very good speed. The back end of the Badgers defense will need to have their tackling shoes on in order to prevent Baker from breaking any long runs, this will be a HUGE key for the Badgers to leave East Lansing with a “W”.
Le’Veon Bell on the other hand is their version of John Clay. Bell is a 6’2 230 pound load that will deliver a big punch to potential tacklers. Bell enters play leading the Big Ten in rushing touchdowns with 7. He also ranks 5th in the Big Ten in rushing with 99.0 yards per game. Bell comes in with two 100 yard rushing games including a 114 yard performance against Notre Dame last week in which he also had a 14 yard score. Like James White from Wisconsin, Bell a true Freshman has shown that the young kids can produce in the Big Ten. Bell has also averaged over 8 yards per carry this year. The Badgers front seven will need to buckle their chin strap up this week and attack the ball carrier and slow this dominating running game down as much as possible.
This will be by far the toughest test of the season for this young Badger devensive front, and if they can pass this test and hold these two young stars in check the Wisconsin Badgers have a great chance at coming home with a huge Big Ten road victory.