Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With all four starters returning, Michigan's defensive line was considered the strength of the team coming into the season.
It will have to be today.
Wisconsin has dominated play so far, particularly on defense, and should be leading by much more than six points. A veteran Badgers' defensive front is absolutely manhandling Michigan's patchwork offensive line. Freshman running back Sam McGuffie has no chance to run up the middle, and Badgers linebackers DeAndre Levy, Jonathan Casillas and Jaevery McFadden are sealing off the edges.
The last play of the quarter summed it up for Rich Rodriguez's sputtering offense, as quarterback Steven Threet got hit as he threw the ball away and Michigan still got called for holding. Michigan managed just 22 yards and one first down in the quarter. This is beginning to look a lot like Notre Dame in 2007.
The Badgers have had some success with the run game, but Michigan's front four has done a nice job so far. Wisconsin couldn't convert a Threet fumble into a touchdown and settled for three points. The Badgers held the ball for 10:17 but couldn't get in the end zone. Not good.
A potential problem for the Badgers is the passing game. Star tight end Travis Beckum is dressed for the game but has yet to appear. Guess that hamstring is still a problem. The All-American is just standing on the sideline right now.