By the Numbers: Wis. "O" vs U-M "D"

Assuming that Michigan's ballcarriers hang onto the pigskin Saturday ... the matchup of the Wisconsin "O" vs. the Michigan "D" is the likely key to the game.

First the stats ... and then What does it all mean ....



Wisconsin is ranked #8.

Wisconsin beat Akron at home, 38-17
Wisconsin beat Marshall at home, 51-14
Wisconsin beat #21 Fresno State on the road, 13-10.

Wisconsin's Average score: 34-14 ... 34 points per game is 4th best in the Big Ten.
Michigan is 9th in the league in scoring defense, giving up 22.0 per game.



Wisconsin Rushing: 238.7 per game, 3rd in the B-10, 13th in the nation.
Michigan Rushing defense: 65.3 yards per game, 2nd in the B-10, 12th in the nation.

Game by game, RB P.J. Hill (5-11, 235) has rushed for 212, 57 and 112 yards ... 379 yards total, 3rd in the Big Ten and 9th in the nation.

For Michigan, Obi Ezeh leads in tackles, averaging 8.7 per game, 6th best in the B-10. Brandon Harrison is 14th best in the conference with 6.7 per game, Morgan Trent 20th with 6.0.

Wisconsin has 10 TDs rushing, 3 passing.



Wisconsin Passing: 184.7 per game, 7th in the Big Ten.
Michigan Passing defense: 8th in the B-10, giving up 219 yards per game. In pass efficiency defense, U-M is 9th in the conference.

Game by game, QB Allan Evridge (6-2, 212) has gone:
7-10-146(20.9 ypc)-1TD-1int
17-26-177(10.4 ypc)-1TD
12-24-113.8(9.5 ypc)-1TD
overall: 36-60(60%)-526(14.6 ypc)-3TDs-1Int ... 4th in the B-10 in pass efficiency.

Game by game, TE Garrett Graham has been Wisconsin's leading receiver in each, catching 2, 4 and 5 passes, averaging 14 yards per catch; he's caught one TD pass in each game. He's 10th in the league in receptions.



Wisconsin is 4th in the league in total offense, averaging 423.3. yards per game.
Michigan is 4th in total defense, allowing 284.3 per game.

Wisconsin is 9th in the league in first downs, with 58 (193. per game)
Michigan is tops in the league in first downs allowed, just 46 (15.3 per game ... just points to the short-field TD's allowed)

Wisconsin is one of only four teams in the country that have not allowed a sack this season, leading the B-10 in this category.
Michigan is 4th in the league in sacking the QB, with 9 in 3 games (but none vs ND).

The five Badger starting offensive linemen have combined to start 119 games at UW, 20 apiece. Those five linemen (Gabe Carimi, Andy Kemp, John Moffitt, Kraig Urbik and Eric VandenHeuvel {ever heard of any of em?}) average 6-6, 319 pounds.

Wisconsin is 3rd in the league in 3rd down conversions, 43.8%.
Michigan is 5th in the league in 3rd down defense, allowing a 32.0% conversion rate.

Wisconsin is 7th in the league in Red Zone offense, scoring 82.4% of the time.
Michigan is 7th in the league in Red Zone defense, allowing a 72.7% scoring rate.


*What does this all say?*
- (1) - That Wisconsin is great at the power running game with P.J. Hill, and good at throwing to TE Garrett Graham for 1st downs when they need to.
- (2) - That the Michigan defense, basically, has to tackle Hill and cover Graham ... this is a fundamentally different task than they've had in their previous games this year. Will they be up to it?

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