Date/Time - Saturday, October 1 at 2:36 p.m. CT
Stadium – Michigan Stadium (107,601/FieldTurf)
Television – ABC (Dave Flemming, Brian Griese, Todd McShay)
Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas). Sirius 84 / XM 84
Series – Michigan leads 49-14-1 (Michigan leads 27-7 in Ann Arbor)
Last Meeting – Wisconsin won, 48-28, on Nov.20, 2010 in Ann Arbor
Wisconsin has won four of its last six meetings with Michigan, dating back to 2005. That includes consecutive wins in the teams’ last two meetings, in 2009 in Madison and 2010 in Ann Arbor.
The Badgers are 1-16 all-time against Michigan teams ranked in the top five of the Associated Press poll, with UW’s lone win coming in a 21-14 triumph over the top-ranked Wolverines in its 1981 season opener.
Saturday’s game marks the first matchup between Michigan and Wisconsin in which both teams are ranked since 2000, when the No. 9-ranked Wolverines scored a 13-10 win over 14th-ranked UW. n Overall, Saturday’s game will be just the eighth meeting between the teams in which both the Badgers and Wolverines are ranked. Wisconsin is 1-6 in such games.
In the last meeting between the teams, Montee Ball and James White combined for 354 rushing yards and six touchdowns, Scott Tolzien completed his first 13 passes and defensive end J.J. Watt deflected Michigan QB Denard Robinson’s pass near midfield and intercepted it early in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
The victory for sixth-ranked Wisconsin was its first at Michigan Stadium since 1994.
Paul Chryst and Jim Harbaugh crossed paths for two seasons in San Diego, when Harbaugh spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons as a quarterback for the Chargers and Chryst served as tight ends coach under Mike Riley, now the head coach at Nebraska.
Chryst and Harbaugh have identical 14-3 records at their current jobs.
Chryst’s brother, Geep, was offensive coordinator for the Chargers under Riley during that time in San Diego. When Harbaugh became head coach of the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, he hired Geep Chryst to be the Niners’ offensive coordinator.
Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison is a Madison, Wis., native who graduated from Madison East High School and UW-La Crosse.
Michigan’s roster features two Wisconsin natives: freshman OL Ben Bredeson (Hartland) and freshman TE Conner Edmonds (Richfield).
Wisconsin’s roster includes one Michigan native: redshirt freshman OL David Moorman (Northville).
Wisconsin Notes to Consider
Wisconsin looks to extend an eight-game road win streak, the longest in school history. The Badgers last fell on the road in a 20-14 loss at Northwestern on Oct. 4, 2014. Wisconsin has won 11 of its last 13 away from home, including seven of eight under head coach Paul Chryst.
Wisconsin ranks third nationally in time of possession, holding the ball for an average of 37:01 per game. That’s allowed the Badgers to run 81 more offensive plays than their opponents over the season’s first four weeks — an average 20.3 more snaps per game.
The Badgers are one of seven FBS teams allowing less than 200 passing yards (196.5) and less than 100 rushing yards (80.5) per game, joining Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Houston, Kansas State and Miami (Fla.).
Through four games, Wisconsin has averaged 3.8 flags per contest to rank No. 7 nationally. UConn and Navy (2.3) lead the nation in fewest penalties per game. Among Big Ten teams, only Purdue (2.7) has been flagged less on average than UW.
Michigan Notes to Consider
Michigan has been a balanced offensive unit this fall, averaging 229.8 yards per game on the ground and 238 yards passing. The Wolverines have run 296 offensive plays for 1,871 yards, an average of 6.3 yards per play.
Michigan is pacing the conference and lists 11th nationally in total defense (269.8 yards per game)
Michigan is averaging 4.25 penalties per contest, ranking ninth nationally and third in the Big Ten
The Wolverines lead the nation with three block kicks this fall - two field goals and one punt; this total does not include two deflected punts and a punt by the opposition into its own player. Michigan also has two punt returns for touchdowns.