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Week 12 Preview: Wisconsin @ Michigan

Posted By Chad Seely On Nov 18 2010 @ 6:53 pm In Wisconsin | No Comments

Four weeks ago after the Wisconsin Badgers went into Kinnick Stadium and knocked off a tough Iowa Hawkeyes team, I eyed up the remaining schedule for the Badgers and one game scared me: at Michigan.  In what probably isn’t the Badgers toughest test of the year, it IS now the most important test of the year.  With Northwestern’s Dan Persa now out for the year with a Ruptured Achilles, the final regular season game against the Wildcats should be a lock.  Therefore, Badger fans, your Rose Bowl and BCS dreams depend on this Saturday in the Big House

At 11 a.m. Saturday morning the No. 5 Badgers (9-1, 5-1) look for sweet revenge in Ann Arbor.  In 2008, the Badgers traveled to Ann Arbor and dominated the first half, opening up a 19-0 lead on the Wolverines (7-3, 3-3).  That’s when everything went wrong for Big Red.  The Wolverines scored 27 unanswered points and won the contest 27-25.  The loss sent the Badgers in a downward spiral, losing four straight Big Ten games. 

I’m not sure if the No. 5 team in the country needs bulletin board material to get up for a game but you better believe it’s been there all week by the coaching staff.  The upperclassmen of this years Badgers squad has probably been reminded of the game every day this week in practice.  And they probably started thinking about it in the fourth quarter of the Indiana blowout last weekend. 

Michigan is an odd breed of a football team.  Their offense has been nearly unstoppable at times under the direction of quarterback Denard Robinson and the defense has been downright pathetic.  For them, it’s a matter of having to put up 40 or 50 points just for a chance to win. 

The Wolverines rank 100th in yards given up, which is not a good thing with a talented Badger offensive line coming to town.  Bucky might be without running back John Clay for a second straight week as he nurses his injured knee.  However, that didn’t come into play last week as backup’s Montee Ball and James White continue to get the job done in a big way. 

If Wisconsin doesn’t turn the ball over, they will be perfectly fine.  The Michigan defense has proven time after time this year they are not capable of stopping anybody.  The Badgers are well rested coming off a 83-20 beatdown of Indiana and should be firing on all cylinders, minus Clay. 

My Prediction: Wisconsin 45  Michigan 28

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