Prediction: Miami (OH) vs. Wisconsin

BadgerNation looks at the matchup between Wisconsin and Miami (OH) at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday morning.

Miami (OH) University (1-0, 0-0 Mid-American Conference) vs. Wisconsin (0-1, 0-0 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Saturday, September 12 at 11 a.m. CT

Stadium –Camp Randall Stadium (80,321/FieldTurf)

Television –ESPNU (Clay Matvick and John Congemi)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas and Mark Tauscher)

Series –First meeting

Series Notes

Saturday’s matchup with Miami will be Wisconsin’s eighth meeting with a Mid-American Conference team over the last 10 seasons.

Wisconsin owns a 30-2 all-time record against teams currently in the MidAmerican Conference with both losses coming at Camp Randall Stadium in 1988, Paul Chryst’s senior season at UW. The Badgers fell to Western Michigan, 24-14, in their season opener and dropped a 19-17 decision to Northern Illinois a week later. An independent at the time, NIU was not a member of the MAC in 1988. Wisconsin went on to finish 1-10 that season.

UW head coach Paul Chryst’s brother, Rick Chryst, served as commissioner of the MAC from 1999-2009.

Paul Chryst and Miami coach Chuck Martin have crossed paths once, in a 2012 meeting between Chryst’s Pittsburgh team and the Notre Dame squad for which Martin served as offensive coordinator. The Fighting Irish emerged with a 29-26 win in triple overtime on their way to a berth in the BCS National Championship Game.

The RedHawks were picked to finish sixth in the East in the MAC Preseason poll. Wisconsin was picked to finish first in the Big Ten West.

The last time Miami played a school from the Big Ten was last season at Michigan (Sept. 13) in a 34-10 loss.

Wisconsin Note to Consider

Saturday’s game marks the Camp Randall Stadium debut of Paul Chryst debut as head coach of the Badgers. Wisconsin posted a record of 44-4 (.917) at Camp Randall during Chryst’s seven-year run as UW’s offensive coordinator from 2005-11.

Miami Note to Consider

Kummer, a fifth-year RedHawk, made his first career start and threw for a career-high 255 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start. Kummer had only thrown for 320 yards in his previous four seasons as a RedHawk. While Kummer had to wait four years to make his first career start, redshirt freshman Alonzo Smith made his first career start last weekend at running back and did not disappoint. Smith led the team in carries (12), yards (86) and touchdowns (2).

Key Matchup


Worgull's Predictions

Straight up: 1-0

Against the Spread: 1-0

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