After a blowout win in the opener, Wisconsin Football hosts Central Michigan today. Here is all of the info you need about how to follow the game.
Fresh off of a 49-0 dismantling of South Florida last Friday, No.17 Wisconsin will look to keep the momentum going at home against the Central Michigan Chippewas out of the MAC this afternoon. After going 1-11 last season and firing their head coach as a result, the Chippewas kicked off the Jim McElwain era the right way last weekend against FCS program Albany, defeating the Great Danes 38-21 at home. However, Central Michigan will have its hands full finding a way to just make this matchup competitive, much less actually defeating the Badgers.
Regardless, you can be sure that Wisconsin will not be underestimating its foe, and will look to continue clicking on all cylinders with the showdown with No. 7 Michigan in Madison looming on the schedule following this one.
Wisconsin and Central Michigan will kick off from Camp Randall Stadium at 2:30 p.m. CT.
Where to watch
The game will air on Big Ten Network, with a crew of Lisa Byington (play-by-play) and J Leman (analyst).
Other notable games that will be going on at the same time as this matchup include No. 12 Texas A&M vs. No. 1 Clemson (2:30 p.m. on ABC), No. 25 Nebraska at Colorado (FOX), and Illinois at UConn (CBS Sports Network).
The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network, so it will be available for you to watch via the Fox Sports Go website and app for mobile devices. A subscription and login are required to access Fox Sports Go.
If you wish to attend the game, as of Tuesday there appear to be tickets still available according to UW Athletics’ website.
The Badgers are clearly superior to the Chippewas in just about every facet of the game this season, and as of Tuesday, they were listed as 35-point favorites in today’s matchup. After witnessing Wisconsin put the nation on notice with its complete domination of South Florida last week, I would be surprised and disappointed if the good guys didn’t have this game in the bag by the time halftime rolls around, even if they will be missing some key players.
That being said, the Badgers have certainly played down to the level of inferior opponents before, and it is not at all outside the realm of possibility that this could happen again against the Chippewas. Central Michigan may have been one of the worst teams in the country a season ago, but keep in mind that this has historically been one of the MAC’s best programs in recent years, and it is now under the leadership of a well-respected head coach in McElwain.
However, considering how talented I believe this Wisconsin team is, as well as the fact that a rowdy crowd should be expected for the Badgers’ home opener, I’d say that the most likely outcome this afternoon is another hefty blowout victory.