The Wisconsin vs Michigan led by quarterback Alex Hornibrook, meet the No. 12 ranked Michigan Wolverines (5-1), led by quarterback Shea Patterson, in a Big Ten Week 7 NCAA football game on Saturday, October 13, 2018 (10/13/18) at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Here’s what you need to know:
Who: Wisconsin vs. Michigan
What: NCAA football, Week 7
When: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
Where: Michigan Stadium
Time: 7:30 p.m. Eastern
Line: Michigan -7.5
Series record: Michigan leads 50-15-1.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Both teams need a win to bolster their chance to reach the Big Ten championship game and to possibly earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook against Michigan’s defense. Hornibrook has won each of his last 10 road games, completing 68 percent of his passes with 18 TDs and just three interceptions. The Wolverines are giving up a nation-low 134 yards passing a game. Hornibrook was 9 of 25 for a career-low 36 percent with a TD and a career-high three INTs two years ago at the Big House.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wisconsin: RB Jonathan Taylor. The sophomore is averaging a nation-high 169.8 yards rushing and has run for 200-plus yards twice this season. Taylor had 19 carries for 132 yards in last year’s 24-10 win over Michigan at home.
Michigan: QB Shea Patterson. He has thrown 10 TDs and two INTs since not throwing for a score and having an INT in the season-opening loss to Notre Dame. Patterson has connected on 69 percent of his passes for 1,187 yards.
FACTS & FIGURES
Wisconsin has won a record 17 Big Ten regular-season games in a row, the nation’s longest active streak in a conference, since losing to Ohio State on Oct. 15, 2016. … The Wolverines’ last win against a ranked Big Ten team was Oct. 1, 2016, against the eighth-ranked Badgers. … Badgers coach Paul Chryst is 15-1 on the road. … The Wolverines lead the nation in total defense, giving up 230.5 yards per game. … Wisconsin is the only team in the Big Ten’s West Division without a conference loss. … Michigan DE Chase Winovich is averaging 1.8 tackles for losses, leading the Big Ten and ranking No. 13 in the country.
Michigan: It’s become a common point of contention with Jim Harbaugh’s tenure at Michigan. The Wolverines are 33-12 under Harbaugh, and against ranked teams, their record is only 5-8. That includes six losses in their last seven games, and while this game is at home, Michigan has lost 17 straight to ranked teams on the road. While the Wolverines have played a lot better since a season-opening loss to Notre Dame, critics won’t buy-in to this team’s chances of winning the Big Ten East until it proves it can beat a team like Wisconsin.
Wisconsin: The Badgers may be 4-1 on the season, but this team hasn’t lived up to its preseason top-10 billing to this point. A 28-17 win on the road against Iowa was a good sign, but the 24-21 loss to BYU remains a head-scratcher. Now the Badgers hit the road to take on one of the best teams in the Big Ten, and while they might still be favorites in their division, it will be hard to consider the Badgers a real threat to win the Big Ten if they don’t perform well in Ann Arbor.