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Michigan embraces the extra emotion of its in-state rivalry

Michigan's offensive line beat up Wisconsin's front seven to the tun of 320 rushing yards.

Week after week, when the Wolverines have been asked about the offensive line, they unanimously spoke of improvements. Saturday, those improvements were proven.

Fifth-year senior defensive end Chase Winovich declared Saturday's game the beginning of "the revenge tour."

Excepting a 75-yard, garbage time touchdown drive, Michigan held Wisconsin to 208 yards and only one score.

Junior quarterback Shea Patterson ran for 90 yards and a touchdown in Michigan's 38-13 win.

Michigan's quarterback running game sparked its offense against Wisconsin.

Quarterback Steven Threet threw for -7 yards in the first half of Michigan's 2008 game against Wisconsin.

Most Wolverines fans would prefer to erase the memory of the Rodriguez Era. But that one game can be remembered as a positive, an emotional roller coaster and a signature win that the Michigan players from that year can hang their hats on. This is the story of the largest comeback in the history of Michigan Stadium.

Sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor is an offensive threat for the Badgers, and has currently rushed for 849 of Wisconsin's 1,435 total yards throughout five games so far during the 2018 season.

The Wolverines have the chance to avenge that loss and earn a marquee win this weekend. Here’s how the Badgers and Michigan match up.

Junior defensive end Rashan Gary was sidelined with an injury during Michigan’s 42-21 win over Maryland last week.

No. 15 Wisconsin comes to Michigan Stadium to face off against No. 12 Michigan, in the first leg of a season-defining three-game stretch for the Wolverines. Chances are, your opinion of this Wolverines team will change drastically by Sunday morning, one way or another.

The Michigan football team will face an offensive threat in No. 15 Wisconsin on Saturday.

The No. 12 Michigan football team has as much confidence as it’s had in two seasons, riding a five-game win streak into Saturday.

Fifth-year senior cornerback Brandon Watson returned an undercut slant route against Maryland for a touchdown.

In the vein of its head coach, the Michigan football program is usually tight-lipped around the media. That is except for Michael Zordich, who has twice used press conferences at Schembechler Hall to call out players. In August of 2017, the secondary coach said his group was “scared to make plays” before questioning junior corner Lavert Hill’s willingness to practice through injury last spring.

Junior quarterback Shea Patterson has improved weekly while players and coaches have noticed his increased confidence going into Saturday’s game against Wisconsin.

It’s a tired ultimatum at this point: win these three games, and only then is the Michigan football team for real. Only then is Jim Harbaugh, after four years of manifesting his all-star presence, the savior.