Before every football game this season, two of the Daily's football writers will take the weekend's matchup to the PlayStation 2 and then let you know what happened.
Play of the game
Wisconsin's WR #19 caught his first touchdown of the game on a third-and-long. He blew past CB #5 for the 70-plus yard score on the game's opening drive. The Badgers never lost that lead.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH AND KEVIN WRIGHT
Ohio State is already looming. The talk about another matchup for a Big Ten Championship between the two rivals has begun.
But don't let Wisconsin hear any of that banter. The Badgers are waiting for the Wolverines in a potential trip-up game before the big show on Nov. 17.
Wisconsin and Michigan both come in a little banged up, and some of the Wolverine faithful wouldn't mind Michigan coach Lloyd Carr resting some of his ailing stars.
Still, a Big Ten game is important, or at least that's what the Wolverine players would want you to believe.
BY JACK HERMAN
Since losing its first two games of the season, Michigan has made clear that even though a National Championship may be unattainable, the team still has big goals. Such as winning the Big Ten.
To do so the Wolverines have said they must treat each game as if it's for the title.
"It's just a Big Ten game," wide receiver Greg Mathews said Monday about tomorrow's game at Wisconsin. "And if you want to win a Big Ten Championship, you have to win your Big Ten games."
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
Standing in the hallway outside of the Crisler Arena media room, linebacker Chris Graham smiled as he recalled the hit he put on Michigan State running back Javon Ringer in the first half of Saturday's 28-24 win in East Lansing.
"I was making sure he didn't turn around and hit the 'L' button (a juke move in Playstation 2) on me like Illinois did to me," Graham said. "I was trying to close the distance as much as possible."
BY SCOTT BELL
Four weeks ago, Mike Hart was atop the college football world.
His team had just won its fourth straight game after dropping its first two of the season, he had just passed Anthony Thomas to become Michigan's all-time leading rusher and his name was on the short list of possible Heisman Trophy candidates.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
Two days after self-diagnosing his health at 80 percent in East Lansing, Michigan quarterback Chad Henne said his separated throwing shoulder from the Illinois game is almost back to full strength.
Henne added at yesterday's press conference that he'll "definitely" play this weekend against Wisconsin.
BY SCOTT BELL
Win sets up showdown with OSU for at least a share of Big Ten title
Staff Picks recap: What's happened to Scott Bell? After starting the season with seven consecutive plus-.500 weeks, he's come back to earth in the past two, posting the worst records in each week. Combined with two successive strong weeks from Kevin Wright, Bell's lead has shrunk to just two games. Daniel Bromwich came back after a weak week to post an impressive score, bringing him right back into the thick of things at the top of the standings. Jack Herman had a decent week, but a better week from guest picker Matt Devine leaves Herman alone in last place.