ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Greetings from the Big House, where No. 7 Wisconsin tries to stay on course for the Rose Bowl against a Michigan team that has won back-to-back games.
This place and this state hasn't been good to the Badgers, who have dropped five straight games at Michigan Stadium, last winning here in 1994. Wisconsin hasn't won a game in the state of Michigan since 2002 at Michigan State. The Badgers are the Big Ten's hottest team after winning five consecutive games, although many folks thought they were too hot when they put up 83 points on hapless Indiana last week.
Wisconsin's offense has been stellar for most of Big Ten play, and Michigan's much maligned defense has a tough task on its hands today. The Badgers are extremely efficient, especially in the red zone, so the Wolverines will need some big stops to have a chance. Starting running back John Clay is expected to miss his second straight game because of a sprained knee, but reserves Montee Ball and James White have proved more than capable of carrying the load.
Michigan closes the season with matchups against two top-10 opponents, and it's important for Rich Rodriguez's crew to show real progress down the stretch. The Wolverines are assured of a winning season and a bowl appearance, but their formula for success has been both exciting and unsettling. Can the Maize and Blue put it all together?
The big key for Michigan today is to hang onto the ball after committing five turnovers in each of the last two games. Wisconsin's defense is vulnerable to yards and points, but Denard Robinson and his teammates have to limit turnovers.
It's a beautiful day in southeastern Michigan, and the wind shouldn't be much of a factor. Good atmosphere around the stadium today with plenty of Michigan tailgaters and quite a few Sconnies mixed in.
For now, sit back, relax and enjoy the game. I've got you covered.