The Michigan No.14 crosses Lake Michigan to face Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday. It’s a series with a long history in the Big Ten, as the two teams have met 69 times in history with Michigan leading the series 51-17-1, but the Badgers enter this contest. year after winning three consecutive victories.
Michigan also holds a significant advantage over the Badgers at Camp Randall, going 19-8-1 all-time, but it’s been a long time since the last win in Madison, Wisconsin. The Wolverines beat Wisconsin 20-17 at Camp Randall in the 2001 season, but have lost each of the last five.
Michigan enters the game 14th in the Top 25 AP after a 4-0 start, while the Badgers went in the opposite direction. Wisconsin started the season 12th in the AP’s Top 25, but after a home loss to Penn State to open the season and a loss to Notre Dame in Chicago last weekend, the Badgers are 1-2. to start the season and more classified.
Michigan vs Wisconsin: what to know
Michigan crushes everyone: The Wolverines have not been shy about how they plan to attack their opponents this season. They rank fifth nationally in rushing yards per game at 290.75 while placing sixth in yards per carry (6.29), third in rush rate (73.6%), are tied for first rank of touchdowns on the ground (17) and second at the national level in expected points added to the ground (41.73). This is all a long way to say Michigan often runs the ball and handles it well.
The Wolverines do it with a two-headed attack. Blake Corum carried the ball 69 times for 475 yards and seven touchdowns, while Hassan Haskins ran for 322 yards on 61 carries with six touchdowns. This is your typical combination of thunder (Haskins) and lightning (Corum).
Graham Mertz must reduce turnover: It’s no secret that the Wisconsin offense has struggled to start the season. The Badgers are last in the Big Ten in points per game at 19, and that number is misleading. Wisconsin has scored 34 of its 57 points this year in a win over Eastern Michigan. Against Penn State and Notre Dame, he only managed 23 points and two touchdowns.
The passing game – or lack of it – was the main reason. Graham Mertz threw six interceptions this season, including two pick-sixes last week in the loss to Notre Dame. Those two touchdowns that Notre Dame has scored on Mertz’s passes are more than what he’s thrown at his Badgers teammates (one) so far. Among skilled smugglers, Mertz’s 6.3 percent interception rate is the worst in the country.
It’s Barry Alvarez’s day: Former Wisconsin coach and athletic director Barry Alvarez will be honored ahead of the game. Alvarez retired as athletic director in June after 31 years in Wisconsin. He went 120-73-4 in 16 seasons as a coach, winning three Big Ten titles and three Rose Bowls. Alvarez deserves more credit than anyone for taking a Wisconsin program that was traditionally also hosted in the Big Ten and turning it into one of the most powerful and cohesive programs in the country.
How to watch Michigan vs Wisconsin live
Dated: Saturday October 2 | Time: noon ET
Site: Camp Randall Stadium – Madison, Wisconsin
TV: Fox | Direct: fuboTV (Try for free)
Michigan vs Wisconsin prediction, pick
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Based on what I’ve written before, you’ve probably figured out which direction I’m headed. I know it’s been a while since Michigan won at Madison, and it will be the toughest test the Wolverines have faced so far (it’s their first road game), but I can’t trust Wisconsin. The Badgers offense has played too poorly, and that Michigan defense has been just as strong – if not better – than the Penn State and Notre Dame defenses that have already stifled it this season. The Wisconsin defense will keep him close, but I don’t see them winning this game unless the Badgers score on defense or on special teams. Prediction: Michigan (+1)
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