Michigan Pluses and Minuses
On offense, it will be sophmore QB Brandon Peters. Peters, who has recently become the starter has four TD pass, no picks, and 60.9 completion percentage. This is a rushing offense that is led by Karan Higdon (854 YDs, 6.6 YPA, 10 TDs) , Chris Evans (569 YDs, 5.5 YPA, 6 TDs), and Ty Isaac (548 YDs, 6.1 YPA, 2 TDs). They are going up against a defense that is allowing less than 82 YPG on the ground.
- Solid defense
- Great rush attack
- Passing game is weak
Wisconsin- Pluses and Minuses
The offense generates 245-plus yards on the ground. RB Jonathan Taylor (219 ATT, 1,525 YDs, 7.0 YPA, 12 TDs) is the go-to ball carried. In his last five games, QB Alex Hornibrook (64.1 COMP%, 17 TDs, 12 INTs) has tossed eight picks and seven touchdown passes. Prior to that he has thrown four interceptions and 10 TDs. A return to his more dependable first-half performance will certainly help the Badgers today. He should be able to do so against a defense that has a tough time defending against the pass. He’s got a group of solid receivers that includes Quintez Cephus. Cephus has 30 catches with six being for TDs.
- RB Taylor needs another major performance
- QB Hornibrook has to get back on track
- Defense is overpowering
Three Major Takeaways
Our Michigan plays Wisconsin 2017 college football free pick offers these three major takeaways on todays game:
- Wisconsin D vs. Michigan D, Badgers have edge
- Wisconsin offense has edge over Michigan’s O
- Badgers have more depth on both sides of ball
Our Picks for Michigan at Wisconsin
Here’s a quick but important stat- the Wolverines are 1-8-1 ATS in last 10 meetings with Badgers. With everything else we have considered, we’re taking Wisconsin at -7.0. Despite the two very good defenses, the 42.0 over/under is very low. We’re going with the over, as we expect Michigan to generate at least 10 points and Wisconsin to put 36 or more on the board.