Sitting at 2-0 and fresh off of a bye week, Wisconsin Football hosts Michigan today in a Big Ten showdown of critical importance for both sides. Here is all of the info you need about how to follow the game.
No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 11 Michigan are set to square off late this morning at Camp Randall in what should be the top matchup of today’s slate of games.
With all the hype Michigan had coming into the season, I never would have anticipated that Wisconsin would enter today’s matchup as the favorite. However, here we are with the Wolverines listed as 3.5-point underdogs as of Friday after stumbling out of the gates while the Badgers have shot out of them like a cannon through the first couple of games.
That being said, as that tiny spread indicates, this is expected to be a tight one throughout that comes down to the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Here’s how to make sure you don’t miss out on the action.
Wisconsin and Michigan will kick off from Camp Randall Stadium at 11:00 a.m. CT.
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Where to watch
The game will air on Fox, with a crew of Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Joel Klatt (analyst), and Jenny Taft (sideline).
Other notable games that will be going on at the same time as this matchup include Tennessee at No. 9 Florida (11:00 a.m. on ESPN), Boston College at Rutgers (11:00 a.m. on Big Ten Network), and Michigan State at Northwestern (11:00 a.m. on ABC).
The game will be broadcast on Fox, 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 Friday there appear to be tickets still available according to UW Athletics’ website.
Both squads boast 2-0 records and sit within the Top 15 of the AP rankings, but it’s safe to say that the Badgers have looked significantly better than the Wolverines, thought by many to be a College Football Playoff contender, to this point in the season. While Bucky has absolutely pummelled its opponents into submission on both sides of the ball by outscoring them 110-0, Michigan has looked shaky through its first couple of contests, barely squeaking out a win against Army in the Big House the last time out.
However, Badger fans should be expecting nothing less than Michigan’s best, as a loss to Wisconsin today would deal a critical blow to the Big Ten title and CFP hopes of Jim Harbaugh’s squad. On the flip side, I’m anticipating the Badgers coming to play as well, both because of a desire for some revenge after last year’s shellacking at the hands of the Wolverines in Ann Arbor and because a victory would serve to validate their extraordinary start to the season and convince many of their remaining doubters across the nation that this group could be special.
I am not one of those doubters. I think that this Wisconsin team that we have seen so far is for real and a legitimate Big Ten title contender, while Michigan was extremely overrated prior to the season. The Wolverines may have much more individual talent on their roster if you’re using the highly-ranked recruiting classes they bring in each year as a benchmark, but the Badgers have plenty of stars of their own and are quite simply the better football team right now. They will also enjoy the benefit of what should still be an electric Camp Randall crowd today even in the less than ideal weather conditions.
It won’t be easy, but I still like my preseason 24-21 prediction in favor of Bucky to hold true.