The Wisconsin Badgers (1-2 overall, 0-1 Big Ten) welcome the No. 14 Michigan Wolverines (4-0 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) to Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday morning for yet another rendition of FOX’s Big Noon Saturday. I never thought I’d say this, but those poor bastards at FOX Sports have seen too much of Wisconsin this season.
UW has beaten Michigan two years in a row, and three of the past four years, and the Badgers gave the Wolverines one of their worst loss ever at Michigan Stadium last season. The Badgers will be celebrating Barry Alvarez on Saturday and will need to channel some of The Don’s magic to try and get this season back on track.
Barring a miracle run to win the Big Ten, the Badgers have already played themselves out of a New Years Six bowl appearance, but beating the Wolverines would put them right back in the mix to win the Big Ten West, which is still a solid accomplishment.
Let’s do this!
How to watch/listen
TV: FOX, 11:00 a.m. CT, Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Taft
Streaming: FOX Sports App
Stadium: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.
Weather: Madison, Wisconsin (rain looks like it might hold off until the end of the game)
Line: Wisconsin -2 (lmao, what????)
Fun facts (according to the media guides)
- The Badgers are in search of a third straight win over Michigan after scoring a 49-11 victory at the Big House last year and running away with a 35-14 win at Camp Randall in 2019.
- Wisconsin seeks to score three straight wins over the Wolverines for just the second time in the history of a series that dates to 1892. The Badgers claimed three consecutive victories over Michigan in 1959, 1960 and 1962.
- Wisconsin has also won five of their last seven games against Michigan and the Wolverines haven’t won at Camp Randall since 2001.
- However, the overall series is tilted heavily in Michigan’s favor with the Wolverines holding a 51-17-1 record all-time vs. the Badgers.
- Despite playing in different divisions, Saturday’s game will mark the sixth straight season in which Wisconsin and Michigan have faced off. Weird, but fun.
- Wisconsin is the only FBS program to face three opponents ranked in the top 20 of the AP poll its first four games this season.
- For the third time in its first four games of the season, Wisconsin will be featured on FOX’s Big Noon Saturday broadcast.
- Wisconsin leads the nation in fewest rushing yards allowed this season, giving up just 23.0 per game. Over the last six years, UW has allowed an average of 106.4 rushing yards per contest, second only to Alabama (105.6 ypg) among Power Five teams in that time.
- Michigan leads the Big Ten, and is fifth in the nation, in rushing yards per game with an average of 290.8 per contest. Something has gotta give, folks!
- In their past three games, the fewest rushing yards Michigan has had is 335! That’s impressive.
- TE Jake Ferguson has caught at least one pass in each of his 37 career games at Wisconsin. With a catch Saturday vs. Michigan, Ferguson would tie WR Lee Evans’ school record of 38 consecutive games with a reception, which Evans set from 1999-2003.
- After logging 12 tackles for loss in Saturday’s game vs. Notre Dame — including six sacks — the Badgers are averaging 8.3 TFLs per game. That currently ranks as the second best rate in school history, behind the 1998 team that averaged 8.4 TFLs per game (101 in 12 games).
- Michigan allows a national low 2.25 tackles for loss per game and is third in the nation in sacks allowed per game with 0.25.
- Despite the Badgers having played only three games, ILB Jack Sanborn ranks in a tie for 5th in the Big Ten with 5.0 TFLs on the year.
- P Andy Vujnovich ranks sixth nationally and third in the Big Ten with his average of 49.3. Of course the Big Ten has half of the top six punters in the nation. Of course!
Got your gameday schedule right here ↓ pic.twitter.com/aNukvBfpau— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) October 1, 2021
- Head coaches Paul Chryst and Jim 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 seven 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), S Scott Nelson (Detroit), and ILB Jordan Turner (Farmington).
- The Wolverines have a pair of Wisconsin natives on their roster: TE Max Bredeson (Hartland) and RB Isaiah Gash (Green Bay).