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 ... giving up 14 points per game (13.7 actually) is 4th best in the Big Ten and 17th best in the nation.
Michigan is last in the league in scoring, averaging 18.7 points per game.
MICHIGAN RUSHING OFFENSE vs WISCONSIN RUSHING DEFENSE:
Michigan Rushing: 124.3 yards per game, 11th in the B-10.
Wisconsin Rushing defense: 87.7 yards per game, 3rd in the B-10 and 21st in the nation.
This past week Badger SAM linebacker DeAndre Levy (6-3, 230) was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Week after recording nine tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, an interception and pass breakup against Fresno State.
Junior Wisconsin LB Jaeve McFaddin (6-3, 225) is 3rd in the Big Ten in tackles, averaging 9 a game.
MICHIGAN PASSING OFFENSE vs WISCONSIN PASSING DEFENSE:
Michigan Passing: 166.3 yards per game, 10th in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin Passing defense: 9th in the B-10, giving up 230.3 yards yards per game. In pass efficiency defense, Wis. is 8th in the conference.
Michigan is 9th in the league in pass efficiency.
Wisconsin is 8th in the league in pass defense efficiency.
Steven Threet is 10th in the B-10 in passing, averaging 102.3 yards per game. He is 10th in pass efficiency as well.
Martavious Odoms is 5th in the league in receptions, averaging 4.67 per game.
Michigan is last in the league in total offense, averaging 290.7 yards a game.
Wisconsin is 7th in the league in total defense, giving up 318 yards a game.
Michigan is last in the league in red zone offense, scoring 66.7% of the time.
Wisconsin is 10th in the league in red zone defense, allowing points 87.5% of the time.
Michigan is 11th in the league in first downs with 47 (15.7 per game).
Wisconsin is 3rd in the league in 3rd downs given up, with 52.
Michigan is last in the league in 3rd down conversion rate, at 24.3%.
Wisconsin is last in the league in allowing 3rd down conversions, at 44.2%.
Wisconsin is last in the league in sacks, with just 3 in 3 games.
Michigan is 3rd in the league in sacks given up, with just 3 in 3 games.
Wisconsin is 5th in the league in turnover margin, at +2.
Michigan, naturally is 12th at -3.
Wisconsin is 2nd best in the league in penalties, averaging 39 yards a game.
Michigan is 8th, averaging 49 yards a game.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
The Michigan "O" vs. the Wisconsin "D" certainly looks like weakness on weakness, except that Wisconsin is strong against the run.
Normally, I'd say that an improving Michigan offense might have its way Saturday, especially through the air. However, the increasingly-injured U-M offensive line simply makes this situation a complete unknown.
By the Numbers: U-M "O" vs Wis. "D"
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