What: No. 14 Michigan (2-1) at Wisconsin (3-0)
When: 5 p.m. Central, Saturday, Sept. 24
Site: Camp Randall Stadium (80,321, Field Turf)
Broadcasts: ESPN2 live TV coverage; 45-city Wisconsin Radio Network live radio coverage; Wisconsin Public Television tape-delayed broadcast at 10:30 p.m.
Michigan versus Wisconsin: The Badgers are a painful 10-47-1 against the Wolverines, who have won the last six contests. However, the last four games have been decided by a combined 18 points.
After a two-season break from each other, Michigan comes to Wisconsin for the first time since Nov. 17, 2001, when the Wolverines defeated the Badgers 20-17 on a last-second field goal from Wolverine Hayden Epstein. The Wolverines last defeated the Badgers 21-14 in Ann Arbor Nov. 16, 2002.
Wisconsin's last win in the series was a 31-19 contest in Ann Arbor on Oct. 29, 1994. The Badgers last won a home game over the Wolverines on Oct. 30, 1993, in a 13-10 victory.
Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez is in his 16th season at UW. He has a 111-70-4 career record.
Alvarez all-time versus Michigan
|Oct. 6, 1990||Camp Randall||No. 3 Michigan 41, Wisconsin 3|
|Oct. 30, 1993||Camp Randall||No. 21 Wisconsin 13,
No. 24 Michigan 10
|Oct. 29, 1994||Michigan Stadium||Wisconsin 31,
No. 10 Michigan 19
|Nov. 15, 1997||Camp Randall||No. 1 Michigan 26,
No. 23 Wisconsin 16
|Nov. 14, 1998||Michigan Stadium||No. 15 Michigan 27,
No. 8 Wisconsin 10
|Sept. 25, 1999||Camp Randall||No. 4 Michigan 21,
No. 17 Wisconsin 16
|Sept. 30, 2000||Michigan Stadium||No. 9 Michigan 13,
No. 14 Wisconsin 10
|Nov. 17, 2001||Camp Randall||No. 11 Michigan 20, Wisconsin 17|
|Nov. 16, 2002||Michigan Stadium||No. 12 Michigan 21, Wisconsin 14|
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr is in his 11th season as the head coach at Michigan and his 26th year with the Wolverines. Carr is 97-30 overall and has the best Big Ten record (63-17) among active coaches in the conference.
Wisconsin season to date (links to BadgerNation.com coverage)
Michigan season to date (links to Fox Sports Game Trax coverage)
- Michigan has won 23 consecutive conference openers, dating back to a 20-9 win over Wisconsin in Ann Arbor on Sept. 11, 1982. The last team to beat the Wolverines in a Big Ten opener was the Badgers, a 21-14 decision on Sept. 12, 1981. UM was ranked No. 1 in the nation before the 1981 game.
- No team has faced Michigan more often in a conference opener than Wisconsin. The Badgers are 1-15 in such games.
- Michigan holds a 21-3-1 edge in the series in games played in Madison, including a 19-3-1 advantage at Camp Randall.
- The Wolverines have a 17-8 record all-time in night games.
- This is the 30th consecutive UW/UM matchup in which the Wolverines have been ranked.
- Wisconsin junior quarterback John Stocco has a 12-3 record in his second year as a starter. Michigan sophomore quarterback Chad Henne has a 12-3 record in his second year as a starter. Henne carries a 15-game touchdown pass streak into Saturday's game. He has 10 games with multiple touchdown passes in his career.
- Michigan currently ranks first in the Big Ten in both scoring (11.3 points per game) and total (263.0 yards per game) defense.
- Michigan is averaging an impressive 32.7 points per game, but that is only good for seventh in the conference rankings.
- Wisconsin has won eight straight home games and 13 of its last 16 at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers' modern record for consecutive home wins is nine, set twice (Oct. 31, 1953-Oct. 1, 1955; Nov. 18, 1961-Oct. 12, 1963)
- During the current home winning streak, the Badgers are allowing just 10.9 points per game. Excluding the 42 points Bowling Green scored in this season's opener, the Badgers have allowed 45 points in seven victories.
- The Badgers are No. 4 in the nation in rushing defense (39.7 yards per game) and have allowed just one touchdown in the past 10 quarters, after yielding five in the first half of their season opening win over Bowling Green.
- UW is 9-6 in Big Ten openers during the Alvarez era.
- Wisconsin has allowed just nine second-half points this season, and zero in the third quarter.
- Michigan has lost its last five road openers.
Preseason Michigan coverage