Wisconsin Special Teams and Game Prediction

GoBlueWolverine's Josh Turel breaks down the Badger Special Teams, and gives his overall prediction for the game.

Special Teams

#94 Ken DeBauche, 6'2-219, Sophomore

#10 Taylor Mehlhaff, 5'11-179, Sophomore

Punt Returner:
#1 Brandon Williams, 5'11-175, Senior

Kickoff Returner:
#1 Brandon Williams, 5'11-175, Senior
#26 Zach Hampton, 5'10-178, Junior

Ken DeBauche is off to an excellent year, after being named Big Ten special teams player of the week following the North Carolina game. He's booted 10 punts for an average of 47.2 yards, four of which were inside the 20. Taylor Mehlhaff has only kicked two field goals so far, one a make from 39 yards and one miss from 51 yards. Mehlhaff is excellent on kickoffs, recording 11 touchbacks so far this season and averaging 63.3 yards a kick. Brandon Williams has done a great job returning punts this season, averaging 19.2 yards a return, he's already taken one back for a touchdown. Williams also has a long kickoff return of 85 yards. Hampton has averaged 12.2 yards a return on kickoffs thus far.

Turel‘s Game Prediction:

Calhoun is the 2nd best back Michigan will face this year behind Laurence Maroney and he could put the hurt on Michigan if they don't play tough in the front seven. Wisconsin has well conceived blocking schemes and strong players on the offensive line to carry them out. They have the skill players to do things in the passing game if Stocco is on his game. This is Michigan's first big test since the defensive turn around against Notre Dame. I think Michigan can run the ball against Wisconsin but it may be harder than some think. The key will be Chad Henne. Not holding onto the football too long, reading the field and finding the open man, because there will be one. Offensive coordinator Terry Malone does a great job in manipulating coverage and he should be able to get guys open against Wisconsin. I also predict Michigan hits their first "big one" pass this weekend. This game could go either way considering the unusual factors Michigan will have to deal with, being in a stadium for their first times and under the lights but they have the talent to win.

Michigan: 24, Wisconsin: 20

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