BIG 10 GAME OF THE WEEK: MICHIGAN AT WISCONSIN
Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, Wis. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 • 12:01 p.m. EDT/11:01 a.m. CDT Series vs. Wisconsin: U-M leads 51-15-1 Series Streak: U-M won 1 Last Meeting: 2018 (U-M 38, UW 13) Last Michigan Win: 2018 Television: FOX Radio: Michigan/IMG Sports Network Live Stats: MGoBlue.com
Big Ten Openers Michigan has won 12 of its last 13 Big Ten openers and 35 of its last 37 conference openers. The Wolverines boast an impressive 48-3 mark since 1968 in their first Big Ten game of the season. Wolverines and Badgers This will be the 68th meeting between Michigan and Wisconsin. The Wolverines hold a 51-15-1 lead in the all-time series and have a 19-7-1 record in games played at Camp Randall Stadium (21-7-1 all-time in Madison). U-M has claimed victories in 19 of the last 26 games played between the two schools and 33 of the last 41 matchups. Wolverines and Badgers in Top 25 Match-ups This will be the 10th meeting when both teams are ranked in the Associated Press national polls. Michigan has compiled a 7-2 record against Wisconsin in top 25 match-ups, including a 5-0 mark at Michigan Stadium and a 2-2 record at Camp Randall Stadium. The Wolverines claimed victories in games played during the 1977, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2016 and 2018 seasons when both teams were ranked and the Badgers earned wins in 1993 and 2017. Michigan won the 2016 season match-up at Michigan Stadium, a 14-7 win which was the first top 10 game in series history.
First Year of Varsity Status: 1879
All-Time Record: 955-342-36 (140th season)
All-Time Big Ten Record: 511-208-18 (113th season)
National Titles: 11
Big Ten Championships: 42
Bowl Games (Record): 47 (21-26)
Consensus All-Americans: 83
First-Team All-Big Ten Selections: 421
Completed: 1927 (92nd season)
Stadium Capacity: 107,601
Surface: FieldTurf (artificial)
Largest Crowd (Opp. Year): 115,109 (Notre Dame, 2013)
Record at Michigan Stadium: 433-129-15
Consecutive 100,000-plus Crowds: 288 (1975 to current)
THE TEAM U-M vs. Wisconsin • This will be the 68th meeting between Michigan and Wisconsin • The Wolverines hold a 51-15-1 advantage in the all-time series and have won nine of the last 14 match-ups • This will be the four time that Jim Harbaugh coaches against Wisconsin; won both home games (2016, 2018) and lost on the road in 2017 • Wisconsin is the sixth most common opponent for Michigan with 67 previous match-ups.
Wolverines and Badgers at Camp Randall • Michigan holds a 19-7-1 advantage all-time over Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium • The Wolverines are looking to claim their first victory at Wisconsin since 2001, a 20-17 affair against the Badgers • U-M looks to snap a four-game losing streak at Wisconsin (2005, 2007, 2009 and 2017) on Saturday • Michigan suffered a 24-10 setback in its last appearance at UW during the 2017 season • The Wolverines have claimed victories in three of its last seven games at Camp Randall and seven of the last 12 contests at the venue • Michigan has compiled a 21-7-1 record in Madison against Wisconsin Big Ten Openers • The Wolverines will play their 114th conference opener vs. Wisconsin on Saturday (Sept. 21) • U-M has won four straight conference openers and 12 of its last 13 Big Ten openers • The Wolverines have compiled an 86-25-2 record in conference openers and have claimed victories in 48 of their last 51 Big Ten openers • Michigan had a 23-game winning streak in conference openers snapped at Wisconsin (23- 20) in 2005 • The only setbacks in the past 51 Big Ten openers came on the road against the Badgers (21-14 in 1981 and 23-20 in 2005) and at home against Minnesota (30-14 in 2014).
Conference Openers vs. Wisconsin • This will be the 20th time that Michigan begins Big Ten play against Wisconsin, the most games played against any member of the conference • The Wolverines have compiled a 17-2 record all-time against the Badgers in conference openers, compiling a 10-0 record at home and a 7-2 mark on the road • U-M has played 13 of the current Big Ten schools in conference openers • Rutgers is the only school that the Wolverines have not faced in a Big Ten opener.
U-M Ranked 10th and 11th in National Polls • The Michigan football team remains ranked in the top 11 of both national polls for the third straight game and ninth consecutive contest dating back to last season • Following the bye week, the Wolverines are listed No. 10 in the Amway Coaches Poll and No. 11 in the Associated Press rankings • Michigan finished last season ranked 14th in both national polls, the same position that it began the 2018 season • The Wolverines have been ranked in the national polls for 16 straight games and for all but eight contests during Coach Harbaugh’s tenure; first four games of 2015 and four contests in 2017 • U-M posted a 3-3 record against ranked teams in 2018, defeating No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 24 Michigan State and No. 14 Penn State while falling to No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 10 Ohio State and No. 10 Florida; the last time that U-M beat three top 25 teams in the same season was 2005 and the last time it defeated three straight top opponents was 1997.
Michigan at Home in the Harbaugh Era • The Wolverines have compiled a 26-4 home record in five seasons under Jim Harbaugh • Michigan has an 14-4 mark in Big Ten games at the Big House under Harbaugh’s leadership • The Wolverines have gone undefeated two of the last three seasons; posted a 7-0 mark in 2018 and an 8-0 mark in 2016 • U-M had a 10-game home winning streak snapped against Michigan State (14-10) in 2017 • The only setbacks in Big Ten games came in 2015 and 2017, losing to Michigan State and Ohio State both years • The Wolverines are a perfect 12-0 in nonconference games under Harbaugh at the Big House, outscoring the opposition by a 476-151 margin in those games.
U-M’S OFFENSE UNDER HARBAUGH • U-M has gained more than 5,000 yards of total offense in three of Coach Harbaugh’s four seasons: 5,147 yards (2015), 5,524 (2016) and 5,457 (2018) • The offense has generated two of the top five total offensive seasons in school history: 4th in 2016 with 5,524 yards and fifth in 2018 with 5,457 yards • The Wolverines have posted 1,781 points in 54 games for an average of 32.9 points per contest; tallied the fifth-highest point total in school history during the 2016 season (524 points) • Scored more points in 2016 than any team in the modern era of U-M football and trailed only the Pointa-Minute teams of the early 1900s; tallied the fifthhighest point total (524) in school history during the 2016 season • Michigan gained more than 2,000 rushing yards in a season every year under Harbaugh: 2,057 yards in 2015, 2,768 in 2016, 2,310 in 2017 and 2,653 in 2018 • The red zone offense has converted at just under 90% in four seasons, 208-234 (88.9%); scored 147 TDs in those 208 conversions (70.7% of scores are TDs) • U-M has ranked in the top 15 nationally in red zone efficiency twice in the past four seasons: finished 13th in 2016 and seventh in 2015 • Converted 42.2% percent of third down chances (331- 784): 48.8% in 2019, 49.4% in 2018, 33% in 2017, 43% in 2016 and 49% in 2015 • U-M has scored 125 rushing touchdowns in five seasons: 5 in 2019, 26 in 2018, 26 in 2017, 41 in 2016 and 27 in 2015 • Michigan is a perfect 24-0 under Harbaugh when a player gains 100 yards rushing and is 34-2 when outrushing the opposition • U-M is 37-1 under Jim Harbaugh when gaining 125 rushing yards or more in a game • The Wolverines have lost 30 fumbles in 54 games: six in 2015, five in 2016, 11 in 2017, three in 2018 and five in 2019.
BIG TEN PLAY BEGINS WITH CLASH AT CAMP RANDALL n The nation’s No. 1 defense and Heisman Trophy contender Jonathan Taylor lead 13th-ranked Wisconsin (2-0) into Big Ten play Saturday when the Badgers welcome No. 11 Michigan (2-0) to Camp Randall Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. (CT), with the game airing live on FOX. n Wisconsin has outscored its opponents 110-0, becoming the first FBS team since South Carolina in 1980 to score at least 100 points and allow zero points in its first two games of a season. n The Badgers seek a 5th-consecutive home win over Michigan, which last won in Madison in 2001. n Wisconsin is in the midst of a streak of 5 consecutive home games — its longest such stretch since opening the 1981 season with 5 games in a row at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers began that 5-game run with a season-opening 21-14 win over No. 1-ranked Michigan. n UW looks to win its Big Ten opener for the 4th straight year.
KEY NOTES TO CONSIDER: n The Badgers are in their 5th season under the leadership of head coach Paul Chryst, who is 44-12 (.786) as head coach at his alma mater. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has led the Badgers to a 27-8 (.771) conference record. n Among Power Five teams, only Alabama (58-4, .935), Clemson (58-4, .935), Ohio State (51-6, .895) and Oklahoma (49-8, .860) own higher winning percentages than Wisconsin (44-12, .786) over the last 5 seasons (2015-19). n The only FBS team yet to surrender a point this season, Wisconsin’s defense is allowing just 107.5 yards per game and leads the country in every major statistical category. Read more, Page 7. n Opening his junior season with consecutive 100-yard rushing efforts and an expanded role in UW’s passing attack, RB Jonathan Taylor leads the nation with 8 TDs and is averaging 151.0 yards from scrimmage. He’s the first FBS player since at least 2000 to start a season by scoring 4-plus TDs in consecutive games. n Taylor needs 592 yards to join Georgia’s Herschel Walker (5,596), Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne (5,091) and Oregon’s LaMichael James (5,082) as the only players to rush for more than 5,000 yards through their junior season. n Junior QB Jack Coan has won his last 4 starts, with UW averaging 48.0 points in those games. Coan set career highs in completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns vs. Central Michigan — going 26-for-33 for 363 yards with 3 TD passes and no interceptions (201.2 pass efficiency rating). Read more, Page 6. n Wisconsin is averaging 55.0 points per game, matching LSU for the 3rd-highest scoring output in the FBS and trailing only Baylor (59.5) and Oklahoma (55.7). The Badgers are averaging 516.0 yards per game after racking up 599 yards vs. Central Michigan. n UW leads the nation in time of possession (37:13), third-down conversions (65.4%) and opponent third down conversions (14.3%) and ranks No. 2 in the FBS in fewest penalties per game (2.5).
JONATHAN TAYLOR: Taylor leads all active FBS players, averaging 152.0 rushing yards per game. Boston College’s AJ Dillon (116.0) is the only other Power Five player (minimum 300 carries) to average at least 100 yards per game. Last season, Taylor became the Badgers’ 4th Doak Walker Award winner — the most of any FBS program — as the nation’s top running back, joining Ron Dayne (1999), Montee Ball (2012) and Melvin Gordon (2014). Taylor became UW’s 10th unanimous first team All-American, and the 3rd running back, joining Dayne (1999) and Gordon (2014). Taylor became the second Badger to lead the nation in rushing (Melvin Gordon, 2014) by averaging 168.8 yards per game — 21.9 yards ahead of second-place Darrell Henderson of Memphis (146.9 ypg). He finished with 2,194 yards and scored 16 rushing touchdowns, becoming the 29th player in FBS history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. His 2,194 yards rank as the 7th-highest single-season total in history and the most ever by an FBS sophomore, surpassing Iowa State’s Troy Davis (2,010 yards in 1995). Taylor is the 3rd Wisconsin player rush for 2,000 yards in a season — the most of any FBS program — joining Ron Dayne (1996, 1999) and Melvin Gordon (2014). Taylor gives UW a total of 4 individual 2,000-yard rushing seasons. No other FBS program has more than 2 (Iowa State, San Diego State, Stanford, Texas, USC). With 2,194, Taylor recorded more rushing yards than 68 of the 130 teams in the FBS. Taylor averaged 7.15 yards per carry, the 3rd-best single-season mark in school history behind Melvin Gordon’s 7.81 in 2013 and 7.54 in 2014. Taylor managed to get better as games went along. He averaged 8.6 yards per attempt in the second half — the best of any FBS player (minimum 100 second-half carries) — and ran at a clip of 9.3 yards per carry in the fourth quarter and overtime. Of Taylor’s 307 rushing attempts, 61 went for at least 10 yards — the most runs of 10-plus yards by any FBS player in 2018. Taylor’s 3 runs of 70-plus yards — all touchdowns — were the 2nd-most of any FBS player behind Illinois’ Reggie Corbin (4). Taylor (2) was the only FBS player with multiple runs of 80-plus yards.