Wisconsin Game Preview

Game Preview for Michigan vs. Wisconsin (2010)

After coming out with an ugly win against the Purdue Boilermakers, this week the Michigan Wolverines take on the #7 Wisconsin Badgers, who are fighting for aJames White spot in the Rose Bowl.

Last week, the Wolverines were the complete opposite of what they had been all year. The offense couldn’t fin a spark all game and produce its second fewest amount of total yards this season. Denard Robinson threw two interceptions and also fumbled the ball twice. However, the Wolverines defense played arguably its best defensive game of the year. They only allowed Purdue to score nine points and gain 256 yards offense, while the Wolverines defense also recovered a fumble for a touchdown.

Unfortunately, this week the Wolverines face a Wisconsin team that has a much better offense than Purdue does. The Badgers are coming off of a dominant 83-20 victory over Indiana. Their offense was able to put up 83 points and their star running back John Clay didn’t even play. Clay is questionable for this week, but Wisconsin has proven that they have a ton of depth at the running back position. Besides Clay, the Badgers have running back James White, who has ran for 714 yards and 11 touchdowns, and freshman running back Montee Ball, who has ran for 528 yards and nine touchdowns. Last week, Ball ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns, while White ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns. The Badgers heavily rely on this three-headed monster backfield, averaging 228.2 rushing yards per game (12th in the nation). That is not good news for Michigan’s defense, as they are allowing 182.7 rushing yards per game to conference opponents. Regardless of whether John Clay plays or not, the Wolverines defense is not going to be able to stop the Badgers offense that is averaging 40.2 points per game (8th in the nation).

If the Wolverines are going to put up a fight this game, they are going to need Denard Robinson to break loose and start running all over teams again. The last two games, Robinson has failed to run for more than 70 yards. The Badgers defense isn’t flashy or boasts any big name players besides defensive lineman J.J. Watt, who has six sacks on the season, but this unit gets the job done. They only allow 19.5 points per a game (23rd in the nation) and 315.6 yards of total offense per game. Robinson is going to have to come up big in this game and get out of his funk. He needs to be able to run and throw the ball efficiently like he was earlier in the season, or else Rich Rodriguez may be forced to rotate between him and Tate Forcier to find an offensive spark.

Mike Martin - The Michigan Daily

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Adversary Recruiting (October & November)

Big Ten Recruiting, Football

2011 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings

1Ohio State University BannerStatus Quo.
2University of Nebraska BannerGreen was a monster get. Their gaining on the Buckeyes.
3University of Notre Dame Banner Falls behind Nebraska.
4Michigan State University BannerLeap frogs Iowa and Michigan.
5University of Michigan BannerDee Hart finally jumps in the mix!
6University of Iowa BannerNeck and neck with Michigan.
7University of Wisconsin BannerHuge October propels UW up a few spots.
8Indiana University BannerThe Hoosiers may be full.
9Northwestern 3x5 FlagNo verbals since August.
10University of Minnesota BannerJumps past the Illini, despite the firing of their coach.
11University of Illinois BannerPretty bad star average. Isn’t the Zooker
12Penn State University BannerNo action since July.
13Purdue University BannerSee above.

Notre Dame received four very solid verbal commitments in September. Stephon Tuitt is a huge get and is one of the top defensive ends in the country. With offers from Aubur n, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and LSU (among others) Tuitt is a great combination of size and speed. At this point he relies a bunch on his pure abilities, so he will have to work on his technique and strength in college. He could possibly end up a defensive tackle as well. Wide receiver DaVaris Daniels is a well rounded pass catcher. He has good hands, nice speed and runs pretty good routes. The 6’3” Daniels also has offers from Illinois, Iowa, Miami, Michigan and Michigan State among others. Joining Daniels in the Irish receiving corps will be George Atkinson III. Having offers from all over the country Atkinson also plays safety and running back, but his highest upside is at wide receiver. The best way that I can describe George is a more explosive version of DaVaris Daniels. These two will make for a very scary duo for years to come. Atkinson may also return punts and kicks as well. George’s twin brother Josh is a good looking cornerback prospect. He is a cover corner, who has been overshadowed by his brothers talents, but is a good get for the Domers. Josh has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, and Washington.

Unfortunately for the Irish, they also had three decommits from Floridians Clay Burton (verballed to Florida), Aaron Lynch (now considering UF,FSU and Miami) and Jordan Prestwood (considering UF, ND and his childhood fav. FSU).

NamePositionHometownH.S.ScoutProfileRivalsProfileESPNProfile
DaVaris DanielsWide ReceiverVernon Hills, ILVernon Hillsratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Stephon TuittDefensive EndMonroe, GAMonroe Arearatingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Josh AtkinsonCornerbackLivermore, CAGranadaratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
George Atkinson IIIAthlete (WR/S)Livermore, CAGranadaratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating

WisconsinThe Wisconsin Badgers had a great month of October gaining seven verbal commits, five of which were on offense. Ohio wide out A.J. Jordan has a nice blend of size and speed to go along with really good hands. Jordan has offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan State, Michigan and North Carolina among others. In the end, Jordan chose Bucky over the Wolverines. Fellow receiver Kenzel Doe did not receive the same amount of attention as Jordan, but he has a chance to make a big splash in Madison. Doe is more of a quick twitch slot type receiver, who may come in and compete for both returner positions from day one. Huge offensive tackle Ray Ball is a perfect fit for what the Badgers do on offense. Ball needs to work on his foot quickness quite a bit, but he is the perfect “road grater” type of lineman. Tyler Marz is a bit of a sleeper OL, but again, he looks to fit the mold of the typical Badger offensive tackle as he stands 6’8” tall. Fullback/running back Trayion Durham could be the next John Clay for the Badgers. At 6’1” 230 Durham is a load to bring down, but also has good speed (4.56 40) to break the big run. During his junior season Trayion had 1,113 yards rushing to go along with 14 TD’s. Defensively Wisconsin added to nice looking defensive end prospects in James Adeyanju and Jesse Hayes. Both Adeyanju and Hayes are explosive pass rushers, who should make a great combo for years to come.

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