Michigan Football: 5 Predictions for Wolverines against Wisconsin

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Michigan football travels to Camp Randall on Saturday, a place the Wolverines haven’t won in 20 years. Will that streak end? Here are five predictions. 

When the Michigan football schedule came out, everyone knew that the early October trip to Madison was going to be difficult and that still remains true.

Wisconsin may be coming into this game at 1-2, while Michigan football is ranked 14th in the AP poll but none of that matters. Wisconsin is still the favorite to win and the Wolverines have a lot to prove, such as can they beat a good team on the road?

U-M is talented and capable but there are some trends working against them. Jim Harbaugh is 0-12 as a road underdog, plus Wisconsin has owned the Wolverines in the past two seasons, leading 35-0 in a 35-14 win in 2019, as well as routing Michigan 49-11 at the Big House.

This is a different team and this will be an absolute battle. But can the Wolverines pull it off and keep their momentum going? Find out with our five predictions.

Wisconsin wins the ground game

The Badgers have been very balanced on offense and are averaging 200 on the ground, as well as 197 through the air. But against Penn State and Notre Dame, the Badgers struggled to score.

Turnovers have been an issue for quarterback Graham Mertz, so this game, the Badgers are going to lean on their offensive line and their running game.

Chez Mellushi has 319 yards and four touchdowns in three games and while Michigan’s run defense is improved, and won’t look at all like it did in 2019 and 2020 when the Wolverines got ran over, it will surrender around 150-200 yards on the ground.

I also don’t think Michigan will get stonewalled. Blake Corum will find some room and the Wolverines will get over the century mark, but it will be a struggle and while I think it will be close, Wisconsin will get a slight edge in rushing yards.