Best College GameDay Signs From Week 12: Wisconsin vs. MI

Leigh Mccormick
November 20, 2017

No. 5 Wisconsin was challenged but ultimately had little trouble staying undefeated, beating No. 24 MI 24-10 at Camp Randall Stadium to confirm its status as a legitimate playoff contender. We expected them to play hard.

MI had registered just two second-half first downs up until that point, benefitted from an interception in Wisconsin territory to help set up a 39-yard field goal, and protection from the offensive line was breaking down. We came out and gave it our best. Hornibrook suddenly caught fire after the turnover, connecting with A.J. Taylor for 51 yards on a third-and-13, then firing a 24-yard touchdown to Taylor on third-and-16. However, the Wolverines have been resurgent, and are on a three-game win streak.

For a while, Michigan's defense had held strong.

The Badgers have a well-rounded roster, including the nation's best linebackers and a prolific group of running backs led by star freshman Jonathan Taylor. Still, Ohio State's front seven is looming as a major challenge, and the offensive line could be in trouble in a potential playoff game against a team like Alabama or Clemson. "We got them there twice and didn't follow through like we should have".

Michigan's Ben Mason tied things up before halftime with a 1-yard touchdown run.

MI should be loaded elsewhere on the roster, particularly on defense, and Peters will have a star young receiver in Peoples-Jones to throw too.

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In other words, Harbaugh and his coaching staff had no choice but to throw. But the defense put pressure on the quarterback, and they were really good in the run game. "Very similar-type defenses, and so you don't want to panic".

And then there were the mistakes (and bad breaks) that cost MI in the first half.

Nick Nelson also returned a punt 50 yards for the Badgers first touchdown.

Donovan Peoples-Jones' catch in the end zone ruled out of bounds. Redshirt freshman Brandon Peters threw for 145 yards and two touchdowns last week as the starter against Maryland.

MI blew its chance at amassing a lead in the first half.

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