Now that the Big Ten season has arrived, there will be plenty of recent history for each of Michigan’s upcoming opponents.
Despite being in the West Division of the conference, Michigan and Wisconsin have battled each other three seasons in a row, with meeting No. 4 in a row coming up on Saturday.
Michigan leads the overall series 51-15-1 and is 2-1 in the last three contests. Before 2016, the last time the two schools played was in 2010, a 20-point win for the Badgers.
Since 2005, the Wolverines and Badgers have played each other nine times, with the Badgers owning a 5-4 advantage. Michigan hasn’t won in Madison since 2001 and is 0-4 in its last four trips there.
Let’s take a closer look at the three meetings between the two programs since Jim Harbaugh took over at U-M:
2018 — Michigan 38, Wisconsin 13 in Ann Arbor
Michigan got back on track last year, thrashing Wisconsin at the Big House. Shea Patterson only threw for 124 yards, but he also ran for 90 and a touchdown. The rushing attack, led by Karan Higdon’s 105 yards, compiled 320 yards and three touchdowns as a team.
Quarterback Alex Hornibrook continued his tradition of completing nine or fewer passes against Michigan, by going 7-for-20 and 100 yards. He added a touchdown and two interceptions.
Star running back Jonathan Taylor rushed for 101 yards, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
Michigan cornerback Lavert Hill also recorded a pick-six in the game.
U-M entered as the No. 12 team in the country, while Wisconsin entered at No. 15.
2017 — Wisconsin 24, Michigan 10 in Madison
For a little while, there was a bit of hope the Wolverines could pull off an upset, but once quarterback Brandon Peters went down with an injury and U-M turned to John O’Korn, things really fell apart. The two quarterbacks combined to complete just 11 passes (two more than Hornibrook’s nine), but it was another disaster game for an offense that was bad all year.
Taylor ran for 132 yards to lead the Badgers.
The Wolverines entered the game No. 24, while Wisconsin was No. 5 and a perfect 10-0.
2016 — Michigan 14, Wisconsin 7 in Ann Arbor
Michigan’s defense made Wisconsin’s offense look like a high school team when the two teams got together in 2016.
Hornibrook only completed 9-of-25 passes for 88 yards and three interceptions. Running back Corey Clement totaled 68 yards on the ground. (Fun fact, Dare Ogunbowale, who is also in the NFL, was on this team and carried the ball twice for three yards.)
On Michigan’s side, Wilton Speight threw for 219 yards, a score and a pick. It was a three-headed attack on the ground between De’Veon Smith, Ty Issac and Chris Evans.
Amara Darboh had 87 yards and the game-winning touchdown catch.
It was a huge game between two top 10 foes at the time of the contest. Michigan was ranked No. 4 and Wisconsin was No. 8.