Well the big UW Badger football game vs the Michigan Wolverines up in Ann Arbor is quickly approaching so we thought we thought it was about time to give some opening thoughts on the game. The first is don't fool yourselves Badger fans Bielema is going to need to keep this team focused to come out of an Ann Arbor with a win, this is especially true as they will almost 100% be without John Clay again by the rhetoric out of Camp Randall (stay focused Badger fans we are 1-0, as Bielema preaches). For those of you who look at White and Ball and shrug why Clay makes a difference, you need to keep in mind Clay still has more big game experience, and given his performances this year has proven himself to be a big play back. On the plus the Wolverines defense is atrocious and one of the defenses better players run stuffing nose tackle Mike Martin has a bad ankle and may not play, which makes it even easier for White and Ball to continue to pound up the middle. In this game don't be surprised if we also see a return to some of the short passing to the backs that was so effective versus Iowa, part of the reason for the use was to exploit a weakness in the Iowa defense but it is also a nice complement for the Badger high powered offense that they chose to leave in the closet versus Indiana and we think there is a reason why.
We fully expect a barn burning high scoring game as Michigan has proven week in and week out that their offense can score, and while our secondary may be more solid than years past and the defense has come around as a unit it is still lacking the number of playmakers you like to see to shutdown an explosive offense. That said though the Wolverines just might have to score on every possession to keep pace with the Badgers offense and we don't see that happening. One interesting stat to keep an eye on is time of possession will the Badgers try and grind it out, or will they score as quick as this offense is capable of. The Badger score vs Michigan will be 55-44.
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