Jap Michigan (1-0) at No. 18 Wisconsin (0-1), Saturday at 7 p.m. EDT (Fox Sports 1).
Line: Wisconsin by 25 1/2, in accordance to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Series epic: Wisconsin 3-0.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Jap Michigan is seeking to beat a ranked personnel for the first time. The Eagles additionally are hoping to make stronger their epic against Massive Ten groups since 2017 to 4-0. Jap Michigan beat Rutgers in 2017, Purdue in 2018 and Illinois in 2019. Wisconsin is trying to steer definite of its first 0-2 start since 1988.
The purple-zone efficiency for every personnel will procure the spotlight. Wisconsin misplaced its season opener 16-10 to Penn Command because it had three scoreless drives inner the Nittany Lions’ 10-yard line. Wisconsin additionally obtained to the Penn Command 25 with out scoring within the last minute of the sport. Jap Michigan scored in all 28 of its trips inner an opponent’s 20-yard line last year to corrupt first among all FBS groups in purple-zone efficiency. The Eagles scored touchdowns on every of their five trips to the purple zone last week in a 35-15 victory over FCS-program Saint Francis (Pennsylvania).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jap Michigan: QBs Ben Bryant and Preston Hutchinson: The Eagles accept as true with two quarterbacks who every played against Saint Francis. Bryant, a Cincinnati transfer, turned into once 8 of 10 for 126 yards. Hutchinson went 7 of 12 for 63 yards with an interception. Hutchinson threw for 1,662 yards with 12 touchdowns and 6 interceptions while additionally speeding for eight ratings last year.
Wisconsin: RB Chez Mellusi: This Clemson transfer had 31 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown against Penn Command. He had the excellent speeding total for any participant in his Wisconsin debut since P.J. Hill rushed for 130 yards against Bowling Inexperienced in 2006. His 31 carries against Penn Command exceeded his 2020 season total of 27 speeding attempts at Clemson.
FACTS & FIGURES
These two groups are coping with every a good deal of for the first time since 1996, when Wisconsin won 24-3 in Madison. The Badgers accept as true with won the three outdated meetings on this series by a mixed rating of 101-9. … Jap Michigan is 0-13 against ranked groups and has misplaced by at the least 14 aspects in every of these video games. … Jap Michigan’s Darius Boone rushed for 107 yards against Saint Francis. … Wisconsin’s Jake Ferguson has 108 profession catches to lead all packed with life FBS tight ends. He had nine catches against Penn Command. … Wisconsin controlled possession for over 42 minutes against Penn Command. … Wisconsin LB Leo Chenal will disappear away out a 2d straight game after testing certain for COVID-19.
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