Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison can't wait for a physical match-up with Wisconsin Saturday in Ann Arbor.

Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison can't wait for a physical match-up with Wisconsin Saturday in Ann Arbor.

Wisconsin opened college football fans eyes in the non-conference with a win over LSU at Lambeau Field.

Kicking off Big Ten play last weekend against Michigan State in East Lansing, the Badgers again sent a message with a convincing 30-6 victory over the Spartans.

Now, for Wisconsin's next trick, the Badgers head into Ann Arbor Saturday afternoon to take on undefeated Michigan at 3:30.

It tells you a lot about the program, they're well coached, it tells you he's a good quarterback," Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison said Wednesday. 

"The offensive line protected for the most part and that's why I say, it's a test and they've done a good job."

Making the first start of his career, redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook managed Wisconsin's offense well, finishing 16-for-26 with 195-yards and a touchdown.

Utilizing a good mix of run and pass against the Spartans, Mattison expects to see a similar approach this week against the Wolverines.

"I like playing against this kind of football," Mattison said. "It tests your guys. It's kind of like how you were brought up.

"The good thing is you see it in the spring so it's like oh yeah we saw this in the spring, instead of getting ready for all the spread stuff and that kind of thing. Get back to good, ole fashion football."

Averaging just over four sacks per game in the early going this season, Mattison believes there's certainly opportunity for even more.

Almost as important as the sack numbers, Michigan will hope to rattle the lefty Hornibrook.

"There's been a number of sacks that we've left on the field and our guys know that. If they had just done this a little different or if they had done this they would've gotten there. 

"It's not about sacks though and I've said this before. Sometimes you get hot and get sacks but it's about pressuring the quarterback and making sure he can't set his feet."

Going up against Wisconsin, Michigan can be sure of one thing, the Badgers offensive line will be physically imposing.

"They're well coached and they've got playing experience," he said. "Even though they're fairly young yet, they've played a lot. They've got one senior in there but most have started for a full year heading into this year."


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