The game is scheduled to start at p. ET and will be televised on the Big Ten Network. And in case the game gets moved to one of the Big Ten Network alternate channels, those are also included with FuboTV. Last week, they pounded the Kent State Golden Flashesbecoming the first team since the Virginia Tech Hokies to post three shutouts across their first five games of a season.
Although October isn't a make-or-break stretch for the Wolverines, any regular-season loss complicates their championship goal.
Michigan is and opened as a point favorite, per Odds Shark. Kickoff is scheduled for p. ET, and the intra-division showdown will be broadcast on ABC.
In analysis, it can be a lazy, vague term if not defined. Through four games, Michigan's defense is No. The unit also ranks No. Whenever the Badgers avoid a 3rd-and-long situation or enter scoring territory, they absolutely must convert. Induce an Inefficient Passing Offense Michigan wants to run the ball, but Harbaugh is more than comfortable letting Wilton Speight control the offense through the air.
So far, no opponent has managed to stop the first-year starter. Speight has completed His only major blemishes are an under-thrown interception to open the season and a 3-of start against Colorado.
Speight's line after those two developments? Just your ordinary of clip. Once the sophomore settles in, he's an efficient distributor willing to test every level of the field. Wisconsin must try to pressure Speight enough that his internal quarterback clock forces rushed decisions and lower-percentage throws.
Suggesting that any team "dominate the trenches" or "establish the running game" is expecting too much. But timely success is critical. Even if the Wolverines manage fewer than rushing yards—and that's a realistic possibility—the statistical average isn't what's most important.
Did they convert 3rd-and-short? Did they score at the goal line? Could they sustain a drive to burn the clock?
Michigan doesn't need to control the line of scrimmage all game long, but the offense must pose enough of a threat on the ground that Wisconsin has to respect both options. It's fair to acknowledge those success while crediting the defense for playing the biggest role in wins over LSU and the Spartans.
The Wolverines need to make Hornibrook prove he can carry the offense. For that to happen, Michigan needs to build—and retain—an early lead while limiting Wisconsin's success on the ground.
Hornibrook has thrown two interceptions in 43 attempts. Don Brown's blitz-heavy scheme will likely force some poor decisions if the Badgers need to rely on Hornibrook's arm. Of the 62 teams currently attempting at least 40 rushes per game, Arkansas, Duke and Wisconsin are the only schools from a power-conference program with an average below four yards.
Although Michigan's defense is stout up the middle, it has surrendered a few long runs outside the tackles. Don't be surprised if Corey Clement and Dare Ogunbowale look to bounce toward the sideline.
Three things we learned Big blow: Any hope MSU has of winning the Big Ten East was dealt a significant blow by the Buckeyes, who asserted themselves as the team to beat in the conference for the third straight year. They sandwich a pair of bye weeks around a home game with a rapidly improving Penn State team, then host lowly Illinois before traveling to Michigan on Nov.
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Vince Biegel was just as disruptive, despite not making a large impression in the box score. According to Pro Football Focus , Biegel piled up a ridiculous 10 quarterback hurries and tallied two hits. Biegel rushes from both sides, so he presents a massive challenge for the first-year starter, left tackle Grant Newsome, and right tackle Erik Magnuson, who is an NFL prospect.
Jehu Chesson is the downfield option that complements Amara Darboh, who's a reliable target on short and intermediate routes.
Chesson has been relatively quiet this season.
Through four games, he's managed eight receptions for yards, adding a yard touchdown run on a jet sweep. Compare that to last season, where he had yards from scrimmage and 11 offensive scores. Michigan assuredly would enjoy a breakout game, but one or two big receptions would keep Wisconsin from putting another safety in the box to stop the run.
Still, it's not a stretch to say Jabrill Peppers is Michigan's best offensive player. Harbaugh isn't afraid to use the versatile star, but the four previous games haven't necessitated a major role.
Peppers has a total of two offensive touches so far.
Since Wisconsin has an elite defense, though, that could change in a major way. Peppers spends plenty of time in coverage, but his responsibilities at nickel may increase, too. Oh, and Peppers has returned a punt at least 50 yards in two straight games.
In a video posted by Madison. Looks to me their players understand what they're doing, have confidence in it. I think they've got a really good group of players across the board.
And so, good scheme with good players. That's a good recipe. For us, it's a challenge. Very impressed with how he played; the accuracy of his throws, the poise with which he played, it was impressive. Though the Badgers will hold Michigan below yards rushing on the afternoon, Speight will throw touchdowns to Darboh and Butt to give the Wolverines a lead at the break.