Know the Foe: Michigan

           Michigan Stadium
   
   
   
   
    
 Series History
 Games  63
 Record  UM leads, 49-13-1
 At Madison  UM leads, 21-5-1
 At Ann Arbor
 UM leads, 27-6-0
 Neutral  Series tied, 1-1
 First Meeting
 Oct. 15, 1892
 Last Meeting
 Nov. 14, 2009
 Bielema vs. UM
 2-2
 Rodriguez vs. UW
 1-1

 Last 5 Meetings
 2009 (Madison)
 UW 45, UM 24
 2008 (Ann Arbor)  UM 27, UW 25
 2007 (Madison)  UW 37, UM 21
 2006 (Ann Arbor)  UM 27, UW 13
 2005 (Madison)  UW 23, UM 20

 Michigan at a Glance
 Location  Ann Arbor, Mich.
 Enrollment  38,980
 Nickname  Wolverines
 Conference  Big Ten
 First Year of  Football  1879
 All-Time Record  884-305-36
 (131st season)

 Team at a Glance
 2009 Record (Conf.)  5-7 (1-7, T-10th Big Ten)
 2009 Postseason  N/A

 Coaching Staff
 Head Coach
 Rich Rodriguez
 Alma Mater  West Virginia, 1984
 Record at Michigan
 15-19 (3rd season)
 Career Record (Yrs.)
 115-74-2 (16th season)
 Offensive Coordinator  Calvin Magee
 Defensive Coordinator  Greg Robinson

 Head Coach Rich Rodriguez

Rich Rodriguez

Rich Rodriguez in his third season, and best season, at the helm of Michigan. His tenure opened with a 3-9 record in 2008, the most losses in the history of a program that dates to 1879. Things improved a year ago as the record moved to 5-7. This year, Michigan holds a 7-3 mark and is bowl-eligible for the first time under Rodriguez.

 

The No. 5 Wisconsin football team (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) strikes out on the road to face Michigan (7-3, 3-3) in a Big Ten Conference clash at 11 a.m. Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., with ESPN and ESPN3.com airing the game live.

 Scouting the Offense

• What a difference a year makes. At this time a season ago, Michigan had the 56th-ranked offense, averaging 391.4 yards per game. The run game was strong, ranking 21st with 195.8 yards per game, but the passing game sat 90th with an average of 195.6 yards per game. Fast forward to 2010 and the Wolverines have one of the most potent offenses in the country. The team ranks fifth with 521.8 total yards per game, ninth with 266.3 rushing yards per game and 31st with 255.5 passing yards per game. The scoring has jumped to, moving from 31.3 points per game in 2009 to 37.7 in 2010.

• The main reason for the offense's resurgence has been sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson. After splitting time with Tate Forcier in 2009, Robinson emerged as an early favorite for the Heisman Trophy in 2010 as he put up unheard of numbers for a quarterback. He has set numerous records this season including becoming the first quarterback in NCAA history to run for 200 yards and pass for 200 yards in two games in a single season, setting the Michigan single-season total offense record last week at Purdue and setting a single-game total offense record with 502 yards at Notre Dame. Currently, Robinson ranks second nationally with 340.7 total yards per game and third with 141.7 rushing yards per game.

• When not running the ball, Robinson has most often looked toward wide receiver Roy Roundtree. A candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, Roundtree leads the Wolverines in receptions (51), receiving yards (725) and receiving touchdowns (five). The sophomore had a record-setting day in Michigan's thrilling 67-65 3OT win over Illinois on Nov. 6, catching nine passes for a school-record 246 yards and two touchdowns. Currently, Roundtree ranks third in the Big Ten with 72.5 receiving yards per game and fourth with 5.1 receptions per contest.

 Wolverines to Watch
Denard Robinson  #16 | Denard Robinson
 Quarterback
 Sophomore | 6-0 | 193
Roy Roundtree  #12 | Roy Roundtree
 Wide Receiver
 Sophomore | 6-0 | 176
2009: 539 Total Yds, 5 TD
2010: 3407 Total Yds, 12 TD
2009: 32 Rec, 434 Yds, 3 TD
2010: 51 Rec, 725 Yds, 5 TD

 

 Scouting the Defense

• While the offense finds itself near the top of the NCAA rankings, the Michigan defense is on the opposite end of the spectrum. The Wolverines rank 100th in total defense, surrendering 433.9 total yards per game. In addition, Michigan ranks 75th in rushing yards allowed (163.7/game), 114th in passing yards allowed (270.2/game) and 93rd in points allowed (32.1/game). The Wolverines have allowed 24 points or more in seven of 10 games this season. For comparison, Wisconsin has done the same thing only twice. Though the Wolverines won the game, on Nov. 6, they surrendered 65 points and 561 total yards against Illinois.

• If the Wolverines are going to slow down the Badger offense, they are going to need linebacker Jonas Mouton. The senior leads the Big Ten with 9.9 tackles per game, however his status for Saturday's game is uncertain at this point as he battles a chest injury. After missing last week's game at Purdue, Mouton has returned to practice this week, though he is still limited. He has been the defense's top playmaker this year, leading the unit in tackles, tackles for loss and interceptions. Prior to his injury, he posted a career-high 14 tackles against Illinois with 1.0 TFL, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup.

• Right behind Mouton in just about every defensive category is sophomore safety Jordan Kovacs. He ranks second on the team and fifth in the Big Ten with 8.3 tackles per game, while ranking second at Michigan with 6.5 TFLs. Movacs has also recorded one interception, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery on the season. He has recorded four double-digit tackle performances on the season, including 11 tackles three times. This was most recently accomplished at Penn State.

 Wolverines to Watch
Jonas Mouton  #8 | Jonas Mouton
 Linebacker
 Senior | 6-2 | 240
Jordan Kovacs  #32 | Jordan Kovacs
 Safety
 Sophomore | 6-0 | 195
2009: 66 Tkl, 3.0 TFL, 2 INT
2010: 89 Tkl, 7,5 TFL, 2 INT
2009: 75 Tkl, 4.5 TFL, 1 INT
2010: 83 Tkl, 6.5 TFL, 1 INT
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