Saturday evening features a Big Ten showdown as the Wisconsin Badgers (1-0) take on the Michigan Wolverines (1-2) at Michigan Stadium. Kickoff for this one is scheduled for 7:30 pm ET.
For Wisconsin, it has been a long couple of weeks as they have had games canceled against both Nebraska and Purdue due to COVID-19 issues. Back on the field this week, they are looking to build off of their opening game, where they beat the University of Illinois 45-7.
It has been a disastrous start of the season for Michigan Wolverines coach, Jim Harbaugh. After picking up a win in their opener, they have now lost back-to-back weeks against the likes of Michigan State and Indiana. Hoping to avoid a three-game losing streak, the Wolverines will look to defend their home field against a Badgers team that might be coming in a little rusty.
Despite the extended layoff and playing on the road, the Wisconsin Badgers are the favorites in this one. They are currently -200 to win while the Wolverines are +160. The spread features Michigan +4.5 and the over/under for total points is 53.5.
Wisconsin Hopes To Stay Undefeated
After two weeks off, the Badgers should be well-rested and will look to use that extra energy to take out Michigan and stay undefeated. To do so, they will look to freshman quarterback Graham Mertz to build off of his solid opener over Illinois.
In the victory, Mertz went 20 for 21 and accumulated 248 yards and an impressive five touchdowns. His leading receivers were Danny Davis III (2 receptions, 72 yards, one touchdown) and Jake Ferguson (7 receptions, 72 yards, three touchdowns).
On the ground, Garrett Groshek (13 rushes, 70 yards), Nakia Watson (19 rushes, 62 yards), and Isaac Guerendo (11 rushes, 36 yards) led the way for the Badgers.
Michigan Hopes To Get It Figured Out
Not a whole lot has worked out well for Michigan as of late. They lost to Michigan State after being favored by over three touchdowns and fell again to Indiana last week as favorites (although by only four points). This week, they come in as the underdog and hope to get things turned around.
Under center for the Wolverines is Joe Milton. On the season, he has thrown for 869 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also has 25 rushes for 102 yards and another score.
Through the air, Ronnie Bell (14 receptions, 269 yards), Cornelius Johnson (9 receptions, 134 yards, one touchdown), and Roman Wilson (8 receptions, 118 yards, one touchdown) lead the way. On the ground, it is Hassan Haskins who leads the rushing attack with 157 yards and three scores.
Taking Wisconsin To Win And Cover
This is a tough call, as both sides have their issues. For Michigan, they have just played some awful football over the last couple of weeks in their embarrassing losses to Michigan State and Indiana.
At least they have played, though, which is more than Wisconsin can say over that same time. Their extended break begs the question of how rusty they will be in this one.
At the end of the day, I still can’t get past how bad Michigan has played of late, and if the Badgers show anything close to the steady performance they had in their win over Illinois, I think they should be able to handle this one as well. For my money, I am taking Wisconsin to win and cover the 4.5 points.