No. 5 Wisconsin hosts resurgent No. 24 Michigan

From FOX Sports - November 14, 2017

MADISON, Wis.Two of the countrys top defenses will square off as No. 5 Wisconsin aims to contain a banged-up Michigan team that will start a young, inexperienced quarterback in a raucous atmosphere.

Michigan, winners of three straight, ascended to No. 24 in the College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday, which helped the Badgers potential bid for a top berth. Wisconsin jumped from No. 8 to No. 5.

The Badgers host the Wolverines at 11 a.m. central time on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.

Wisconsin paces FBS teams in total defense at 247.6 yards per game and rushing defense with an 81.5-yard average. They are fresh off a performance in which they allowed 66 total yards against Iowa, the second-fewest yards allowed in a game in program history.

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said the Badgers (10-0, 7-0 in the Big 10) will need to need to perform better on offense against a Wolverines team that is ranked second in total defense (254.8 ypg) and ninth in rushing defense (110.2 ypg).

Theyre strong, Chryst said of Michigans defense. There are really good players and its a really good scheme. And I think they know it. Theyre executing and playing fast.

Youve got to know what youre doing and understand the different ways that they defend you. Youve got to be on, and the smallest details matter.

Michigan (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) has relied on the tandem of junior running back Karan Higdon and sophomore RB Chris Evans to pound the ground.

Higdon has 129 carries for 854 yards and 10 touchdowns, but sprained his ankle in the second quarter and didnt finish the Wolverines win over Maryland. Evans told the Detroit Free Press that Higdon practiced on Tuesday.

Harbaugh said pleased with Higdons effort and is hopeful that the standout will play.


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