By JACK VANASSCHE, Editor-in-Chief
Michigan has not beaten an AP Top 25 team on the road in over a decade.
Saturday, the Wolverines have an opportunity to change that by taking down No. 5 Wisconsin in Madison.
The Wolverines aren’t expected to pull off the upset by any means. Ranked 19th in the AP Poll, the Wolverines opened as 10-point underdogs in Madison, though that line is expected to drop as kickoff approaches.
Quarterback Wilton Speight will remain out while working back from a vertebrae injury, leading head coach Jim Harbaugh to announce Brandon Peters as the starting quarterback for Saturday’s game.
Peters, who hasn’t looked bad by any stretch under center in the last two games, will need to lead the Wolverines offensively after a banged up backfield failed to do much in the second half against a measly Maryland defense.
Sure, the Badgers are going to be hungry.
As one of the only remaining undefeated teams in college football, Wisconsin is held back solely by its seemingly weak slate of opponents this year.
They’re in a tough position on Saturday. If they beat Michigan, the Wolverines will likely finish 8-4 after presumably losing to Ohio State a week later. A win over an 8-4 team at home isn’t all that impressive to a committee that evaluates powerhouse SEC teams on the daily.
And if the Wolverines can run the ball with 70 percent of the effectiveness they had against weaker opponents like Rutgers and Maryland, Michigan has a chance to pull off a big upset win.
If Karan Higdon is too banged up to see the majority of the snaps, Kareem Walker or Chris Evans will need to step up and produce.
Peters will need his tight ends to get a step ahead of coverage over the middle to succeed through the air.
These are both things that Michigan has done particularly well at times this season.
It may be a bit of a stretch, but most upset wins need a perfect concoction of several factors playing out perfectly.
The Wolverines just need to play a good, clean football game.
Prediction: Michigan plays a pretty clean game, but not spotless. Despite their decent odds of an upset, Michigan loses to Wisconsin, 24-17.