When is Wisconsin going to get any respect?
An undefeated Big 10 team in November doesn’t expect to face questions about its legitimacy. But the Badgers are still, if the season ended today, on the outside looking in of the college football playoff. They’ll try to score an impressive win Saturday, when they take on Michigan at Camp Randall Stadium.
The problem for No. 5 Wisconsin, at 10-0, has been the fact that their schedule this season doesn’t include either of the top teams in the conference, Penn State and Ohio State. They’ll get a shot at one of those two squads in the conference title game. But until then, they’ll need to deal with skeptics. The Badgers can quiet some of their critics, though, with a decisive win against a perennial power in Michigan.
The Wolverines have gotten back on track after being on the wrong end of an Oct. 21 blowout in Happy Valley against the Nittany Lions. They’ve recovered with three straight lopsided wins of their own. But Wisconsin represents a dramatic increase in the level of their opponent. The question is, how focused will Michigan be, with their annual showdown against hated rival Ohio State coming up next week.
Kickoff is at 12:00 p.m. ET. The game will air on FOX. Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt, the network’s lead college football announce crew, have the call. The action can be streamed free with a cable subscription on pc, cell phone, or tablet via Fox Sports Go — which can be downloaded via the iTunes store, and the Google Play store.
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