October 20, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Andrew Maxwell (10) calls an audible during the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan State vs. Wisconsin: Game day thoughts

Michigan State at No. 25 Wisconsin will say more about the Spartans than any previous game played this season.

The football team has not fallen below .500 since Jan. 2, 2010 (2009 season) after losing to Texas Tech in the Alamo Bowl. That was Mark Dantonio’s third year as head coach and first losing season with Michigan State. Not only will a loss to the Badgers Saturday put MSU below a .500 win-loss record, but it will also set Dantonio up for a possibility to have his second losing year in East Lansing since taking over the job in 2007.

Are the Spartans a team that can overcome controversy and prove the naysayers wrong? We will find out. Wisconsin will be the toughest foe the team will face the next four weeks of conference play. MSU needs two more wins to become bowl eligible and many prognosticators are ruling them out of the hunt for a bowl bid.

Michigan State has been able to stop teams offensively this year. The defense has held opposing teams to 20 points or less seven times this year. The problem is the offense. Quarterback Andrew Maxwell has been stagnant in the pocket and the team’s wide receivers look nothing like the group that graduated in 2011.

The Spartans are running out of opportunities to prove that it is actually a good football program. I hope that it makes the best out of its opportunity in Madison Saturday.

Michigan State will play against Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

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