The Michigan State Spartans are missing linebacker help this afternoon in their massive Big Ten battle against the Wisconsin Badgers. Fifth-year senior linebacker Riley Bullough will be absent for a defense that will be looking to stop a surprisingly effective Badgers’ offense led by running back Corey Clement.
Bullough has been announced as out for the Spartans on Saturday, per the team’s official Twitter account. This injury leaves the Spartan’s defense without an experienced linebacker that has played in 41 career games for the program as a fifth-year player. The void is also big loss for Michigan State in terms of both of talent as well as leadership as Bullough is one of the Spartans’ top players this season.
Bullough had an outstanding 2015 campaign for the Spartans as a junior en route to collecting 75 total tackles and 3.5 sacks. These numbers are the statistics that Bullough was hoping to chase as a senior as well, but he will now have to wait to return from the aforementioned injury as the Spartans’ key senior is out until further notice. His absence will leave the Spartans with a massive challenge on Saturday afternoon as the school will look to beat the Badgers at home in an important late September conference affair.
Both teams entered the bout with perfect, undefeated records to start the season. After Michigan State ousted Furman, the Spartans then defeated the always tough Notre Dame Fighting Irish. On the other hand, the Badgers have taken down the likes of LSU, Akron and Georgia State.