Michigan 14, Wisconsin 7. What Really Matters
Michigan 14, Wisconsin 7
It doesn’t matter that you don’t have a kicker that can’t make a field goal, Michigan.
It doesn’t matter that the running game didn’t go anywhere, or that it took way, way, way too much to put the game away. Wisconsin is the zombie team that doesn’t look good, but just won’t die, and you got the win. Aesthetics mean absolutely nothing.
The key to beating Wisconsin is to not play its game. Don’t just assume you can go conservative and rely on the defense to get the job done – you have to attack.
Wilton Speight was under pressure all game long, and he couldn’t get into any sort of a groove, but when he had to come up with the one big throw he needed to make, he nailed Amara Darboh for a 45-yard touchdown to overcome all the other issues.
Wisconsin was playing with house money, but it still missed on its chances.
The running game went nowhere, Alex Hornibrook was clocked all game long and played like a rookie, and the lack of any receiving corps was glaring – and the Badgers were still in the game late.
This defense is truly special, but Bucky was stuffed for just 71 rushing yards and the pressure was on Hornibrook to carry the offense – he didn’t get any help.
Michigan got the picks, it didn’t make the big mistakes – other than the missed field goals – and it survived. Breathe that sigh of relief, Wolverines.
What Really Matters?
This was everything for Michigan. With road games at Michigan State, Iowa and Ohio State still to deal with, it couldn’t afford a home loss against the nasty Badgers. Now with Rutgers and Illinois up next, the Wolverines will be 7-0 going into East Lansing.
But Iowa doesn’t seem like a dangerous road game now, and it can’t be for Wisconsin, either. The Badgers have just one more week to go to get through the brutal first part of the season, but it’s Ohio State up next. However, pull off that win, and considering how close a call this was, they can get back on track for the CFP discussion. That’s not going to happen, though, with the way the team is running the ball.