EAST LANSING, Michigan (Ticker) -- No. 4 Wisconsin is looking to do something it has never done in the 115-year history of the program - go 10-0.
The Badgers, 9-0 for the third time in school history, close the season with a pair of Big Ten Conference road games starting Saturday at Michigan State.
Wisconsin (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten) leads the nation in scoring defense, giving up just 9.1 points per game and is third in total defense, allowing 246.9 yards per game.
The Badgers defense got some support from the offense last week as quarterback John Stocco ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in a dominating 38-14 victory over Minnesota. Wisconsin opened a 31-0 lead over the Golden Gophers and had no trouble reclaiming the Paul Bunyan Ax.
Michigan State (4-5, 3-3) has lost two straight, including a 32-19 setback to Ohio State. Damon Dowdell was 29-of-46 for 262 yards and a score but was intercepted three times.
The Spartans lead the series, 25-19, but Wisconsin has won two in a row and seven of the last nine meetings. Last season, Jim Sorgi threw five TD passes to Lee Evans in the Badgers' 56-21 victory.