It’s always an interesting matchup when one of the nation’s top rushing attacks goes against one of the nation’s top rushing defenses. That will be the case this Saturday when Michigan travels to Madison to face the Wisconsin Badgers. Michigan comes in ranked 4th in rush yards per game with 290.8, while Wisconsin ranks 1st in rush yards allowed per game with just 23. Somethings gotta give, and Michigan is ready to do whatever will lead them to success.
“We do what we do,” Michigan running back Hassan Haskins said. “Whatever it is running, passing, just not thinking about it too much.”
One reason Michigan has found success on the ground is because of how well the Wolverines have taken care of the football. Michigan is now the only FBS team that has yet to turn the ball over.
“It’s always a big emphasis,” Haskins said in regards to taking care of the ball. “Coach Hart gets on us about every little thing, ball handling, I just keep that in the back of my mind.”
Rutgers was the first team that showed any ability to stop Michigan’s run game, holding the Wolverines to their lowest yard production of the season at 112. Sometimes a game like that is a good wake-up call.
“Facing that adversity and coming out on top,” Haskins said about the positives he took away from the Rutgers game. “We started strong in the first half, we’ve just got to keep that momentum going into the second half.”
Wisconsin may be 1-2, but going into Madison and getting a W is never going to come easy. Michigan hasn’t won at Wisconsin since 2001, but they get a chance to end that streak on Saturday when the two teams square off for a marquee Big Ten matchup.