Michigan at Wisconsin 11-14-09

November 14, 2009

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After back-to-back losses took the shine off its strong start, Wisconsin has gotten back on track in its bid to qualify for a major bowl game. The Badgers appear to have a good chance to pad their postseason resume again with Michigan coming to Madison. The No. 21 Badgers look to take advantage of the struggling Wolverines and win their third straight home game in the series Saturday. Wisconsin (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) opened with five victories in a row before dropping two straight against then-No. 9 Ohio State and then-No. 11 Iowa. The Badgers, though, have rebounded with consecutive victories, 37-0 at home over Purdue on Oct. 31 and 31-28 at Indiana last Saturday.

Wisconsin has won its last two home games against the Wolverines, upsetting ranked Michigan teams in 2005 and 2007. Overall, however, the Badgers have dropped 17 of 21 in the series, which the Wolverines lead 49-12-1. Michigan is 19-5-1 at Camp Randall Stadium.Michigan overcame a 19-point halftime deficit to defeat then-No. 9 Wisconsin 27-25 in Ann Arbor last Sept. 27. It was the first of four straight losses for the Badgers, who finished 7-6 for their worst record since 2003.

Though the rivalry has been mostly controlled by Michigan lately, the Wolverines (5-5, 1-5) have fallen far from their position as Big Ten heavyweights in their second year under coach Rich Rodriguez. Michigan, the winningest program in college football history, had a 33-year bowl streak snapped with last season’s 3-9 finish, and after winning its first four games of 2009, it has dropped five of six. The lone win in that stretch came against Delaware State of the Football Championship Subdivision. To qualify for a bowl, Michigan must beat Wisconsin or win next week at home against rival Ohio State in the regular-season finale.

Despite the Wolverines’ struggles, the Badgers insist they aren’t taking anything for granted this week. Michigan is not a very good team right now, and going into Wisconsin wont help. Wisconsin are always very tough at home with a record of 35-4 at home in the last 39. Take Wisconsin

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