(8) Wisconsin Badgers (4-0) at (4) Michigan Wolverines (4-0)
Wisconsin: I’ll be the first to tell you that I had no type of confidence in Wisconsin as they approached their game with Michigan State and as they have been all season long, questions had surrounded their offense. Redshirt Freshman Alex Hornibrook was getting his first start against a really good defensive team and I’ve said before numerous times. When a guy is making his very first start, he’ll always have the edge over a good defense because there’s not much film on him and they learn more as the game goes along and Michigan State, who’s a good team defensively, seemed to have no type of answer for him. Let’s not also forget this is a team that started the season unranked and now, they’re ranked eighth in the country. They go back to Michigan again on Saturday but, this time, it’s to Ann Arbor for a visit to the big house.
Michigan: Coming into the year, I was extremely high on them and so far, they’ve yet to disappoint me. In each of their first four games, they’ve scored over 30 points. 63 to open things up against Hawaii, 51 against UCF, 45 against Colorado and they got off to a slow start in that one and 49 against Penn State this past Saturday. The offense can score and drive the football down the field and the defense is picking up where they left off from a season ago. Also in their last game, the running game got off to a great start as they finished the game with 326 yards on the ground as a team. I’ve picked them to be a playoff team this year and with the way they’ve played as of late, I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see them there. This Saturday, it’s game two of Big Ten play when they welcome the Badgers of Wisconsin to town.
Wisconsin Player To Watch– Jazz Peavy: Michigan will implement the game plan to take away Corey Clement and force the game into the hands of the freshman quarterback. You always need your go-to guy down the field to make those catches and Jazz Peavy needs to do just that against a team without one of their better cover corners.
Michigan Player To Watch– De’Veon Smith: Michigan can play the power and possession game as well. You know what you will get from the three-headed receiving monster of Jake Butt, Amara Darboh, and Jehu Chesson and Wisconsin has been great at taking away the deep pass down the field. It’ll be key for the offensive line and Smith to get it going early on.
Prediction: I was asked who the best team in the Big Ten was the other day and I said it was Michigan as of now. Wisconsin has played good football up to this point and this could be one of the tougher games on their schedule. I like Michigan in this one. Michigan 20 Wisconsin 17