Wisconsin secondary vs. Michigan receivers
Michigan has one of the better receiving corps in the Big Ten. Although Patterson is averaging just over 200 yards passing per game, he is still has a lot of threats in the passing game to choose from.
After two games, Tarik Black is the Wolverine’s leading receiver. He has 104 yards receiving with a touchdown. Ronnie Bell isn’t far behind with 99 yards on 9 receptions. Nico Collins is the third in yardage with 81 yards. Michigan also gets tight ends involved too. Sean McKeon and Nick Eubanks each have four receptions.
This Michigan offense likes to spread the ball around and get it to multiple receivers. It will be important for the Badgers to keep this passing attack under control.
A big part of this receiving group is missing. Donovan Peoples-Jones has missed the last two games with an injury. According to an article from The Detroit News, Harbaugh is unsure if Peoples-Jones will be back to face the Badgers this weekend. If he isn’t able to go, the Wisconsin secondary will have a lot easier day.
This secondary has been great so far this year. They are ranked first in the country in passing yards allowed with just 87 yards per game. Faion Hicks and Caesar Williams have done a great job of shutting down receivers. Now, none of the receivers that they have faced are at the caliber of Michigan’s, but they have still shut down those they have faced.
Reggie Pearson and Eric Burrell are solid safeties, which is important since starter Scott Nelson went down for the season after injuring his leg int he opening game of the season.
If Wisconsin can get a lead early, Michigan will need to start passing the ball. This secondary will need to be ready to lock down their receivers. If they can do that, Wisconsin football should have a good shot at sending Michigan home with a loss.