The training wheels are again off for Michigan Football as they enter the home stretch of the regular season.
The Wolverines travel to Camp Randall for a showdown with the fifth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers this weekend in a game that could be a perception-changer for the 2017 season and the program as a whole.
Brandon Peters will get his third-straight start for Michigan on the road in a hostile environment with not many people giving his team a chance to win. This will be his first true test of the competition being ramped up in this game and next week against Ohio State.
The Wolverines are hoping that the seasoning he and some of their young players have gotten finally plays out in a big way as they attempt to pull off the upset.
The ingredients for a Michigan victory are there and they do have a decent shot to pull off the upset on Saturday afternoon. The defense will keep them in the game and they have been running the ball much better. Peters gives them at least the threat of a pass, so it will be interesting to see how they fare against arguably the best they have seen this year.
Though, if (or when) it happens, the narrative will shift to “well the Badgers were overrated anyways.”
Wisconsin is and should be favored in this game and that will be the pick here. If memory serves correct, I have picked the Wolverines in every game this year. Cross your fingers for the good-ol Anthony Broome reverse-jinx.
Prediction: Wisconsin 17, Michigan 14
Teams: No. 19 Michigan Wolverines (8-2, 4-2 B1G) vs. No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers (10-0,7-0 B1G)
Date: November 18, 2017
Location: Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin (80,321)
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Radio: Michigan/IMG Sports Network (for a list of affiliates, click here)
Spread: Wisconsin -7.5, O/U 40.5
- Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft will be on the television call for the game
- This is the 66th meeting between these two teams all-time with Michigan leading the series 50-14-1
- Michigan is 6-1 in this matchup when both teams are ranked
- The Wolveirnes have not played at Camp Randall since the 2009 season and they have lost three-straight games there
- Michigan is looking for its first win on the road at a top-5 team since the 2006 football season