head coach Paul Chryst talks to quarterback Jack
Coan during the first half of an NCAA college
football game against Central Michigan Saturday,
Sept. 7, 2019, in Madison, Wis.
MADISON — Wisconsin
linebacker Zack Baun said in July the Badgers were
coming for revenge this season.
The first stop on the
revenge tour is No. 11 Michigan.
The 13th-ranked Badgers
(2-0) open Big Ten play against the Wolverines (2-0)
on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. It will be the
first time the two teams square off since Michigan
thumped Wisconsin 38-13 last October in Ann Arbor,
"We're going to
come out with the same intensity that we have for
everybody," Wisconsin linebacker Chris Orr said.
"We want to dominate any and everybody that we
step on the field with. Don't need to make it any
bigger than it is. It's just football. People get so
caught up in the name vs. another name, but at the end
of the day, it's just football."
After going 8-5 a
season ago, its worst mark under fifth-year coach Paul
Chryst, Orr, Baun and the Badgers' defense have been
absolutely dominant through its first two games.
Wisconsin has allowed just 107.5 total yards per game,
which leads the nation.
The Badgers have
outscored its first two opponents — South Florida
and Central Michigan — by a combined 110-0.
Wisconsin is the first FBS team to score at least 100
points and not surrender a single point through its
first two games since South Carolina in 1980.
While Wisconsin has
skated through its first two tests, Michigan has not.
The Wolverines were a trendy pick to win the Big Ten,
but opened with a sometimes-lackluster 40-21 win over
Middle Tennessee and needed double overtime to put
away Army, 24-21.
Shea Patterson, who says he has recovered from an
oblique injury from the season-opener, had nine
carries for 90 yards and a touchdown in the win over
the Badgers last season. The Mississippi transfer had
two fumbles in each of the first two games this season
as Michigan implements a new offense.
He knows he's going to
have to play much better in order to lead Michigan to
its first win at Wisconsin since 2001.
"As long as we
win, I'm happy," Patterson said. "I don't
really care. Obviously, nobody's expectations are
higher than mine and the way I play. That's the same
way each and every single guy in that locker room is.
But it's week by week. We're looking to get out there
Taylor leads the nation with eight total touchdowns
and is averaging 151 yards from scrimmage. He's the
first FBS player since at least 2000 to start a season
by scoring four-plus touchdowns in consecutive games.
Taylor had 101 yards on 17 carries against the
Wolverines last season. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh
said the 2018 Doak Walker Award winner is an elusive,
powerful running back.
"It's not a
realistic thing to think you can stop him,"
Harbaugh said. "But you hope to contain him and
get stops and get the ball back to the offense."
THE OTHER RUNNING BACK
Michigan freshman Zach
Charbonnet is averaging 4.6 yards per carry and 95
yards per game. His three rushing touchdowns on Sept.
7 against Army were the most by a Michigan player
COAN'S BIGGEST TEST
Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan, who is set to make
his first start against the Wolverines. Coan, in just
his sixth career start, set career highs in
completions (26), attempts (33), yards (363) and
touchdowns (three) Sept. 7 against Central Michigan.
definitely felt in a rhythm," Coan said.
"It's good to just come out and get some
completions right away. I feel that helps me a little
Michigan is expected to
have standout offensive tackle Jon Runyan cleared to
play medically for the first time, while the
Wolverines may still be without receiver Donovan
Peoples-Jones for the third straight week due to an
REMINISCING ON SAN
Chryst and Harbaugh
crossed paths for two seasons in San Diego. Harbaugh
spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons as a quarterback for
the Chargers, Chryst served as the team's tight ends