Saturday Morning Preview: Wisconsin

Every Saturday morning we will have a bite size preview of the Michigan opponent of the week.

Opponent: Wisconsin

Location: Michigan Stadium

Game Time/TV: 7:30 p.m.

Betting Line: MICH -9.5

Coach: Paul Chryst

2017 Record: 13-1

2018 Record: 4-1

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The Badgers came into the season ranked No. 4 in the nation with expectations that they would roll through the Big Ten West and make the college football playoff. UW returned a big percentage of their production from their 2017 team that went undefeated, including running back Jonathan Taylor and quarterback Alex Hornibrook.

Well, Wisconsin quickly evaporated their room for error when they lost in Week 3 to BYU. If Wisconsin wants to make the playoff, they have to win the rest of their games and the Big Ten championship.

That starts on Saturday for Wisconsin. UW has by far their biggest challenge of the year thus far against Michigan. The Wolverines lost Week 1 to Notre Dame but have been rolling since.

The Badgers have one of the best offensive lines in the country. Running behind that line is, who Taylor leads the nation in rushing yards per game with 169.8 per contest. He also has eight rushing touchdowns.

Hornibrook has passed for 963 yards, 7 TDs, 2 INTs and has connected on 64 percent of his passes.

Wisconsin starting defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk has been ruled out for Saturday’s contest.

Ryan Connelly leads the Badgers with 29 tackles in four games and T.J. Edwards has the most tackles for loss for the team with 5.5.

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