Michigan Football will take on Wisconsin this weekend in what should be a very close game.
Michigan Football (5-1) will welcome the No. 15 ranked Wisconsin Badgers (4-1) to the Big House for a night game this Saturday. ESPN’s College Game Day will be in Ann Arbor and the hype around this game is off the charts.
Although Michigan is still ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense, they haven’t faced an offense quite like Wisconsin this season. The Badgers play a traditional pro-style offense that pounds the ball right at opposing defenses.
Wisconsin is statistically the best offense the Wolverines have faced this far, averaging 480 yards per game. A lot of those yards have come from their starting running back Jonathan Taylor. He is No. 3 in the nation in total rushing yards with 849 yards on the ground this season.
The Badgers will try to wear out Michigan’s defense with constant run plays to open the pass with veteran quarterback Alex Hornibrook. Wisconsin doesn’t only rank fourth in the country in rushing, but they also have a very efficient passing game.
Hornibrook has completed 64% of his passes this season for a total of 963 yards and seven touchdowns. He was close to perfect in his one road test this season against Iowa, going 17-22 for 205 yards and three touchdowns. So it’s pretty evident the rough environment won’t rattle Hornibrook all that much.
The Wolverines have gotten off to a slow start in nearly every game they’ve played this season. They have yet to a shut out an opponent, but the few points they have given up usually come in the first half.
If Michigan comes out slow yet again, they may have trouble clawing their way back in the second half. This offense will definitely challenge Michigan’s defense, but at the end of the day they know what the Badgers are going to do. They’re going to run the ball constantly, then use the play action to throw off Michigan’s secondary. The Wolverines and Badgers will kick off at 7:30 on Saturday night.