U-M Vs. Wisconsin: Game notes

Game notes as the No. 6 Michigan Wolverines prepare to do battle with the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2006 Big 10 conference opener.

Wisconsin Badgers at #6 Michigan Wolverines
Michigan Stadium

Last Meeting: UM 20, Wisconsin 23, 2005
Last Michigan Win: 2002
All Time Series: Michigan leads 47-11-1

Minnesota Game:
Next weeks game against Minnesota will be shown on ESPN.

Television Coverage:
The game will be shown nationally on ESPN. Sean McDonough and Chris Spielman will handle the play by play.

Wisconsin-Michigan Series:
The Wolverines are 20-5 against the Badgers at Michigan Stadium. Michigan has won 15 of the last 18 matchups and 29 of the last 33 games. Lloyd Carr is 6-1 against the Badgers and has never lost to them at Michigan Stadium.

Conference Openers:
Michigan will kickoff their 101st conference opener on Saturday. Michigan is 74-24-2 all time in conference openers and has won 36 of its last 38 openers. Michigan had won 23 straight openers until they were defeated by Wisconsin in last seasons opener.

Schedule Strength:
Michigan now boast the fifth toughest schedule in the nation. Michigan's opponents are 21-7 overall counting the three Michigan victories against them. The Wolverines have the third toughest schedule in future opposition, with opponents compiling a 18-4 record so far.

Henne Nearing 6,000 Yards Passing:
Junior quarterback Chad Henne needs 263 yards to reach 6,000 passing yards for his career. Henne currently ranks second all time in pass attempts, third in career completions, third in touchdowns and fourth in passing yardage.

Michigan 2nd In Turnover Margin:
The Wolverines lead the Big Ten and are second nationally in turnover margin so far this season. Michigan has forced 10 turnovers (2.67 a game), six fumbles and four interceptions. Michigan trails only USC in turnovers per game (3.0).

Run Defense Is Best In The Nation:
The Wolverines defense leads the nation in rush defense per game. The Wolverines have only surrendered 20.7 yards a game thus far, and has held each opponent to under 50 yards rushing. Michigan held Notre Dame to four yards rushing off 17 carries, 16 yards off 21 attempts to Central Michigan and 42 yards on 26 against Vanderbilt. Michigan opponents have carried the ball 64 times, for 62 total yards and haven't scored a rushing touchdown yet.

Leon Hall Closing In On Woodson
Cornerback Leon Hall needs one pass breakup to tie Charles Woodson for third all time in career breakups. Hall is currently fourth with 29. He is five breakups away from second place Marlin Jackson (34) and 12 away from Todd Howard (41).

Big Ten Players Of The Week:
Wide receiver Mario Manningham and weakside linebacker Prescott Burgess earned Big Ten player of the week honors for their performances against Notre Dame. Manningham and Burgess are the first Michigan tandem since running back Chris Perry (offensive) and kicker Phillip Brabbs (special teams) both won honors in 2002. The last time Michigan won the offensive and defensive awards in the same week was in 1997 against Penn State. Chris Howard won the offensive award and the Michigan defense took home defensive honors (the award could be given to entire units but since is now for players only).

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