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Jonathan Taylor will be Wisconsin's most potent weapon against the Michigan defense.

Alex Hornibrook, Wisconsin silence critics in 24-10 win over Michigan

In a back-and-forth, sometimes brutal Big Ten battle against the No. 24 Michigan Wolverines (5-3 Big Ten, 8-3 overall), the No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers (8-0, 11-0) needed their quarterback to step up and be the difference-maker. Alex Hornibrook delivered, with one of the biggest games of his young career in UW's 24-10 victory. Doubt lingered through the the first half of the game.

Derrick Tindal (right) poses with John Franklin III (left) after Wisconsin's 31-14 win over Florida Atlantic in early September. Both players are from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

Rays of sunshine: Badgers' secondary full of Florida recruits and Florida swag

Now in the fourth year of his Wisconsin career, senior safety Natrell Jamerson has acclimated to his Midwest surroundings after entering the program from the balmy climate of Florida. The Ocala, Fla., native has elevated to a starting role this fall after dabbling as a wide receiver, cornerback and kick returner in his first three seasons. But while Jamerson has settled into Wisconsin life and created a strong bond with his fellow Florida-bred defensive backs, Madison still lags behind the Sunshine State in one department. “It’s got me a little sick,” Jamerson said of the cold weather starting to hit town.


Wisconsin closing gap in all-time series

The vast majority of the Wisconsin-Michigan rivalry has been all Wolverines (they hold a 50-14-1 all-time edge). Legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler used to wallop the Badgers year-in and year-out, going 18-1 against UW in his career. The tables have turned of late though, as over the last seven matchups, the Badgers hold a 4-3 lead and have outscored UM 198-161.

David Edwards looks to help Wisconsin's offensive line perform better against the Wolverines in the latest installment of the team's matchup. 

Wisconsin's offensive line seeks to win battle in trenches, get revenge over Michigan

The No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers (7-0 Big Ten, 10-0 Overall) still have a bad taste in their mouth from the last time they faced No. 19 Michigan (5-2, 8-2). When the undefeated Badgers travelled to Ann Arbor to take on the Wolverines in 2016, they struggled through a brutal 14-7 loss that put the season in perspective and forced Wisconsin to get back on track. “They were a pretty sound, physical defense, and they kind of kicked our butt that day,” redshirt sophomore right tackle David Edwards said.

Anthony Lotti was the unsung hero for the Badgers against Iowa, averaging 43.6 yards on five punts.

Anthony Lotti the unsung hero for UW as dominant field position helped Wisconsin defeat Iowa

Field position isn’t a sexy stat, but it makes all the difference in a tight game where neither offense can consistently sustain long scoring drives. Lost in the defensive dominance and late offensive push by the No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers (7-0 Big Ten, 10-0 overall) was a redemption story for sophomore punter Anthony Lotti, who repeatedly flipped in the field in its 38-14 win over the No. 25 Iowa Hawkeyes.

Kendric Pryor vs. Iowa

Badgers clinch Big Ten West title with win over Iowa

The No. 6 Badgers (7-0 Big Ten, 10-0 overall) overcame a multitude of mistakes Saturday to stifle No. 25 Iowa 38-14 in a sloppy affair. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Alex Hornibrook threw three interceptions, true freshman running back Jonathan Taylor lost a fumble, and yet Wisconsin still managed to earn its first victory over a ranked opponent this season.

Joe Ferguson, a former high school quarterback, has turned into a crucial part of Wisconsin's defense after recent injuries to D'Cota Dixon. 

A perfect switch: Former quarterbacks play key roles for Badgers at new positions

As Wisconsin’s first game of the 2017 season wound down and fans began to leave Camp Randall — if they were even still there — redshirt senior safety Joe Ferguson scored his first touchdown as a Badger. The 99-yard interception return not only brought notoriety to Ferguson, who said his Instagram followers increased in the following days, but showcased the speed he routinely displayed in high school as a dual-threat quarterback. Now, as Ferguson plays a different role for the Badgers, he recognizes the benefits of his unique path to safety. “It helps a ton,” Ferguson said of his past experience at quarterback.

Garret Dooley and the Badgers' defense hopes to knock off Iowa and continue their undefeated season on Saturday.

Badger defense readies for tough test against Iowa

On the back of a week where Iowa upset Ohio State by 31 points, and the Badgers fell in the AP rankings after a comfortable win at Indiana, senior defensive end Alec James is rather uninterested in any of college football’s recent chaos. As his team enters Week 11 with a spotless 9-0 overall record, truthfully, he has little reason to be. “I didn’t know that until you told me,” James said of the Badgers’ recent fall from No. 4 to No. 6 in the AP standings.

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