The No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers (1-0 overall) are taking the field again on Saturday night after being forced to cancel their past two games due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the team. Their opponent? The struggling Michigan Wolverines (1-2 overall) who have lost their last two games, to Michigan State and No. 10 Indiana, and are looking for a much needed win to right the ship.
There will undoubtedly be some rust for the Badgers to shake off and there will also be players missing from the two-deep (head coach Paul Chryst said that it would be in the double digits) but the Wolverines have issues of their own. Michigan is down one of their top defensive linemen, Aidan Hutchinson, and are still breaking in new quarterback Joe Milton.
We will try and keep you updated on who is missing from the Wisconsin lineup as we find out throughout the day, but we wouldn’t expect too much news until closer to kickoff.
How to watch/listen
TV: ABC, 6:30 p.m. CT, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Stadium: Michigan Stadium
Weather: Ann Arbor, Mich. (cloudy and cool, rain possible late in the game)
Line: Wisconsin -5.5
Fun facts (according to the media guides)
- FOLKS,,,this will be the 69th meeting between Michigan and Wisconsin
- Wisconsin has won four of its last six meetings with Michigan but seeks to defeat the Wolverines in consecutive seasons for just the fourth time in series history.
- The Badgers have not won in Ann Arbor since 2010. UW won its first trip to Michigan Stadium, in 1928, but has won there just five times since.
- Michigan holds a 24-6 advantage all-time over Wisconsin at Michigan Stadium
- Since 2015, when Paul Chryst and Jim Harbaugh became the head coach at their respective alma maters, the series is split 2-2.
- Head coaches Chryst and Harbaugh crossed paths for two seasons in San Diego, when Harbaugh spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons as a quarterback for the Chargers and Chryst served as tight ends coach under head coach Mike Riley.
- The Badgers feature eight Michigan natives on their roster: WR A.J. Abbott (Northville), WR Stephan Bracey Jr. (Grand Rapids), OL Logan Brown (Grand Rapids), OLB Jaylan Franklin (Brownstown), OL Michael Furtney (Milan), WR Taj Mustapha (Southfield), S Scott Nelson (Detroit), and ILB Jordan Turner (Farmington). This is the state with the second most players on the team, behind Wisconsin obviously.
- Jake Ferguson, who had a hat trick vs. Illinois, is just the ninth player in UW history to catch at least three TDs in one game and the third Badgers tight end in the last 50 years, joining Owen Daniels (2005) and Garrett Graham (2009).
- Michigan QB Joe Milton ranks second in the Big Ten and 14th nationally in total offense (323.7 avg.).