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Michigan State looking for a breakout game Saturday in Madison

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State lost some extremely close games while falling to 1-3 in the Big Ten Conference - and the Spartans are looking for a breakout game on Saturday at Wisconsin.

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MSU Head Coach Mark Dantonio is not used to losing. Michigan State only lost one Big Ten contest in each of the last two years - and they fell to the Badgers in the inaugural conference title game a year ago. This season, the Spartans have seen their four conference games decided by a total of 10 points. Three were losses, including a 12-10 defeat at Michigan last Saturday which snapped Michigan State's four-game winning streak against the Wolverines. Their only conference victory was at Indiana two-and-a-half weeks ago. Quarterback Andrew Maxwell threw for 290 yards, as the Spartans overcame a 17-0 deficit at halftime. Three starting offensive linemen sat out last week's game for Michigan State due to injuries. They've used six offensive line combinations in eight weeks - and that's partially why the Spartans have only scored 19-point-six points a game, down from 31 a year ago. Michigan State will come into Madison with a 4-4 overall record. Wisconsin is 6-2 overall, and 3-1 in the Big Ten, after a 25-point rout of Minnesota.

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A defensive back from Waukesha has given a verbal commitment to play at Wisconsin. Matt Hubley said he was offered to be a preferred walk-on at the Badgers' summer camp. But he told the Wisconsin State Journal he wanted to prove that he was worth a scholarship - and he finally received that offer on Monday night. Hubley is a safety, and he had three sacks last week for Waukesha Catholic Memorial in its state high school Division-Three playoff victory over Brown Deer last weekend. Hubley is also a solid rusher on offense, running for almost 12-hundred yards this season. But he expects the Badgers to use him at safety. Hubley said he was told by Coach Bret Bielema that a couple scholarships became open - including one planned for defensive tackle Darius Latham, who pulled his commitment recently.

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