Wisconsin Badgers vs. Michigan State Spartans Trends and Free Picks

Wisconsin Badgers
(4-0, 1-3 ATS)

Michigan State Spartans
(4-0, 2-2 ATS)

A pair of 4-0 teams that are going to try to make a great push at the National Championship lock horns in East Lansing on Saturday afternoon, as the Michigan State Spartans try to take out the Wisconsin Badgers in NCAA football betting action.

The Badgers had three fairly ho hum games offensively this year before exploding for a season high 70 last week against the Austin Peay Governors. Wisconsin now has very respectable offensive numbers for the season, as was expected when QB Scott Tolzien and RB John Clay both came back to the team. Clay has 501 yards on the ground and six scores this year to pace the team and make him a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate. Tolzien has completed a whopping 76.2 percent of his passes for 851 yards, an average of 10.1 yards per attempt. If he can keep that average going, a relatively modest 5/2 TD/INT ratio can be ignored. It can all be forgotten about if the defense keeps up like this. The ‘D’ just keeps getting better and better for head coach Frank Bielema, as the unit has progressed quite a bit from the one that allowed the lowly UNLV Rebels to account for 21 points. Wisconsin is averaging allowing just 265.2 yards per game this year, and it ranks in the Top 30 in every major defensive category. If it can survive this game, there is no reason not to be 6-0 going into the duels with Ohio State and Iowa on October 16th and 23rd respectively.

Two weeks ago, HC Mark Dantonio showed just how much fortitude he really had when he called the fake field goal that later came to be known as “Little Giants” that won the game at home against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. However, he had a heart attack that night and ended up not coaching last week’s triumph over Northern Colorado. Dantonio is back just in the nick of time, as his Spartans could use all the help they can get against this fantastic Top 10 foe. RBs Edwin Baker and Le’Veon Bell are going to act as battering rams all game long for the Spartans in this one, but there is a big question how they are going to fare going up against their toughest defensive challenge to date. Baker leads the team with 449 yards and five TDs, while Bell is also on pace for a 1,000 yard season, as he has 396 yards and seven scores. All of this has made life relatively easy on QB Kirk Cousins, who has thrown for 863 yards and six scores against just two picks on the year. The defense has played well this year, but when push has come to shove, the one big duel against Notre Dame watched the Spartans allow 31 points.

We tend to think that MSU’s ‘D’ is just a tad outmatched in this game. Tolzien and Clay are both superstars, and though we know that the Spartans can run the ball, we aren’t so sure that they can do so against a defense that ranks in the Top 25 almost every single season against the rush. It’s a tough call, but we’re going to go with the Badgers to buck the Spartans from the Top 25.

Selection: Wisconsin Badgers -2

Food bites ; hot, and what’s best served chilled, in the tasty world of food

Kent and Sussex Courier, The February 18, 2011 Juicy scoop Do you feel sluggish in the morning? Do you struggle to get going? Do your energy levels and concentration dip mid- morning? Then perhaps you are one of the many people that skip the most important meal of the day – breakfast. One in four people skip breakfast during the week and as many as one in six adults never eats this oh so important meal.

The NHS says: “Eating breakfast has long-term health benefits. It can reduce obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.” Eating breakfast can have numerous positive benefits on our whole well-being, but all too often we don’t realise the difference it can make to how we feel.

Florida Grapefruit has teamed up with Celebrity Masterchef winner Lisa Faulkner (pictured) to create some quick, easy and healthy breakfast ideas, including this smoothie and fruit salad, which are guaranteed to bring a little sunshine into your life.

Not only are they delicious, Florida grapefruit provides several health and beauty benefits as well. It is: High in dietary fibre and low in calories, with only 60 calories per half fruit. site healthy breakfast ideas

Packed full of vitamins, iron and essential antioxidants. Each fruit provides 100 per cent of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. For more simple, delicious and healthy recipe ideas with Florida Grapefruit, visit floridagrapefruit.com Florida smoothie A tasty and vibrant smoothie packed full of everything you need as part of a delicious breakfast for all the family Serves 2 Ingredients 1 Florida Grapefruit 1 banana 100ml/4fl oz Greek-style yoghurt 1-2 tbsp runny honey Mint leaves to decorate Cut the grapefruit in half, then cut a slice about 1cm/1/2in thick – this will be used for decoration later. Remove the skin from the rest of the grapefruit and place the fruit into a medium-sized jug.

Roughly chop the banana and add it to the grapefruit along with the yoghurt and whizz with a hand-held blender. This can also be done in a food blender or smoothie maker.

Add the honey to taste and whizz again. Taste and adjust if necessary – if you prefer it slightly sweeter then add more honey.

Pour the smoothie into glasses, garnish with the sliced grapefruit and mint and serve immediately.

Florida fruit salad This sweet and zingy fruit salad is a simple yet tasty way to start the day Serves 2 Ingredients 1 Florida Grapefruit 1 orange 100ml/4fl oz Greek-style yoghurt 2 tbsp honey 40g/1 1/2oz granola Mint sprigs to decorate Remove the skin and pith from the grapefruit and the orange and cut the fruits into segments, working over a bowl so that you can catch any juice.

Mix the yoghurt and honey together in a small bowl.

Arrange the grapefruit and orange segments in the bottom of 2 glass dishes or tumblers and pour over the reserved juice.

Spoon on the yoghurt mixture, sprinkle some granola over the top and serve decorated with a sprig of mint.

Get the Low down Want to enjoy the great taste of mature Cheddar cheese but still maintain a healthy diet? LowLow’s new Mature Cheddar Spread gives you all of that flavour without the guilt, as it’s one-third less fat than traditional mature Cheddar and doesn’t lose any of the taste or creaminess.

This versatile spread can be enjoyed as part of a delicious snack or meal – simply spread onto bread or crackers for a quick bite to eat, stir into pasta for an easy and delicious sauce, heat up and serve poured over nachos or pop in the microwave in its tub to be melted into a fondue.

LowLow Mature Cheddar Spreads are available in supermarkets priced Pounds 1.29 for a 125g tub. For more information and great tasting LowLow recipes, visit www.kerrylowlow.com reader offer Spring chicken Roasted chicken is an undisputed favourite on our tables, with its delicate aromas, crispy golden skin and succulent meat. It is extraordinarily versatile, making it the perfect choice for a traditional Sunday roast, a speedy meal on the go or a heartwarming supper.

Yet it’s always fun to try out new recipes, and in The Perfectly Roasted Chicken, Mindy Fox serves up 20 mouth-watering ways to roast a chicken as well as 80 easy-to-follow recipes for brunch, lunch, dinner and supper. There’s also a wonderful selection of side dishes along with inspiring ways to use your leftovers in soups, salads and pastas.

Whether it’s for a dinner party, romantic meal for two or quick- fix lunch, this innovative collection of irresistible recipes will undoubtedly tickle your tastebuds.

Take a break Why go out for a coffee when you can make an equally delicious – and quick – cuppa at home? With the Judge Espresso maker it only takes a few minutes to make a delicious coffee to suit your taste, using either pods or ground coffee. The machine includes two ‘handles’ – one for 44mm pods, the other for freshly ground coffee – and two Italian-style espresso cups. Complete a cappuccino with delicious frothy milk created with the built-in variable steam frother. For ease of use, the water container detaches and is fuss- free to refill and clean, while the water chamber is self-cleaning. The Judge Espresso maker costs Pounds 105. For stockists, call 0117 940 0000.

Gordon launches into a PADi Ever wanted to cook with Gordon Ramsay in the comfort of your own kitchen? Well now you can with the celebrity chef’s new iPad cooking app. Gordon’s HD app follows on from the success of his iPhone and iPod Touch app – Gordon Ramsay Cook With Me.

Available from the iTunes App Store, the app features video cooking tips as well as 56 delicious recipes, each with its own video of Gordon cooking the recipe to show how it should be done, as well as a handy wine suggestion, essential equipment and full- screen HD photography to help you create the perfect dish and impress your guests. The recipes are fully searchable and can be filtered by difficulty, season, ingredients and how much time you have to cook. And if you’re a novice in the kitchen or a more experienced cook looking to brush up on your skills, there are 10 videos – from chopping an onion to making mayonnaise – featuring Gordon’s key cooking tips.

Gordon Ramsay Cook With Me HD is available from the iTunes App Store, priced Pounds 4.99. The iPhone and iTouch version costs Pounds 2.99.

Tickle your taste buds Red Nose Day is back on Friday, March 18, and in homes, schools and offices across the land, the nation will band together to raise money and have a bit of a giggle at the same time. If you want to support the cause, but don’t fancy dunking yourself in a bath of baked beans, shaving your head, or running a marathon dressed as a duck, why not simply add some Red Nose Day treats to your weekly shop? Replace your digestives with Mr and Mrs Red Nose Gingerbread men on sale in Sainsbury’s for just Pounds 1. Who needs Ready Salted when you could choose one of Walkers’ four new crisp flavours personalised by famous comedians – Stephen Fry (Stephen Fry Up flavour), Jimmy Carr (Jimmy Con Carrne), Al Murray (Steak and Al Pie) and Frank Skinner (Frank Roast Dinner). web site healthy breakfast ideas

Raise your Maltesers to raise money – throw them, blow, them, fly them, juggle them, flick them – just make sure they’re raised up high. Upload your funniest efforts to www.maltesers.co.uk and you could win the chance to be in a special TV ad.

They’re small, they’re round, they’re bright red… but you’re not meant to put them on your nose. Keep an eye out for special Comic Relief packs of Mini Babybel – the ‘red nose’ of the cheese world.

And last, but by no means least, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, a long-term supporter of Comic Relief, has compiled a little book of his favourite baking recipes, all specially selected so you can make big batches and sell them to your friends and family. So, join Jamie, cook up a storm and help raise loads of cash. Jamie’s Monster Bake Sale, Pounds 3 with Pounds 2.50 to Comic Relief, from all good bookshops, Sainsbury’s and www.rednoseday.com/shop A percentage of all sales of the selection of goodies mentioned here will go towards Comic Relief.

Get ready to do something funny for money on Friday, March 18. For more details, visit www.rednoseday.com

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