|2009 Michigan vs. Wisconsin Point Spread Odds, Matchup & Preview|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Tuesday, 10 November 2009 08:12|
The Badgers appear to have a good chance to pad their postseason resume again with Michigan coming to
The No. 21 Badgers look to take advantage of the struggling Wolverines and win their third straight home game in the series Saturday.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com have made Wisconsin -9.5 point spread favorites (View College Football odds) for Saturday’s game (Game Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 55% of bets for this game have been placed on Wisconsin -9.5 (View College Football bet percentages).
Coach Bret Bielema remembers the missed opportunities against the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes, but he likes the way his team has responded.
"It's unfortunate we weren't able to have those two victories," Bielema said. "On the same account, our guys learned some lessons and hopefully the younger guys will have that in their minds moving forward."
Two young running backs were the key to last week's win. Sophomore John Clay ran for 134 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in the first half before leaving with a concussion. He was replaced by freshman Montee Ball, who ran 27 times for 115 yards and two scores.
Bielema said Monday that Clay should be ready to play against
"To be in the situation we were at half and finish that game out the way it did leaves a very bad taste, and we all know what happened after that," Bielema said. "We battled our tails off to get to where we are right now."
Though the rivalry has been mostly controlled by
To qualify for a bowl,
In the past three games, the Wolverines have been outscored 75-12 in the second half.
"It's embarrassing," defensive end Brandon Graham said. "But we know we're better than that. We're just trying to prove it."
Forcier got off to an impressive start to his freshman season with nine touchdown passes and two TD runs in his first five games, but he's been far less effective lately. He threw for a score and ran for another against the Boilermakers for his first TDs in five games. He also fumbled an option pitch early in the third quarter, a turnover that helped spark Purdue's comeback.
Despite the Wolverines' struggles, the Badgers insist they aren't taking anything for granted this week.
Posted: 11/10/09 1:12PM ET