How Michigan vs. Wisconsin Match Up Statistically

How Michigan vs. Wisconsin Match Up Statistically

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How Michigan vs. Wisconsin Match Up Statistically

We already know that No. 12 Michigan hosts No. 15 Wisconsin in the first ever night game held between the two at The Big House. But how do the teams stack up against each other in the national statistics?

Michigan obviously enters this game with the nation’s best defense — which it may have done as well in 2016. But in 2017, it was Wisconsin who entered the game with the nation’s top defensive unit?

This year, Wisconsin’s defense is somewhere in the middle, and Michigan is rising in many of the offensive statistics.

See below how the two teams match up across all of FBS-level college football.

michigan on offense, wisconsin on defense

Michigan offense Rnk. Avg. Wisconsin defense Rnk. Avg.
Pass offense 81st 220.8 yds Pass defense 54th 219.6 yds
Rush offense 42nd 199.83 yds Rush defense 43rd 130.2 yds
Yards per play 27th 6.46 yds Yards per play allowed 100th 6.01 yds
Scoring offense 29th 38.2 pts Scoring defense 13th 16.4 pts
Total offense 55th 420.7 yds Total defense 40th 349.8 yds
3rd down conversions 16th 49.38% 3rd down conversions allowed 64th 37.29%
Long passing plays 63rd 50 plays total Long passing plays allowed 71st 49 plays total
Long rushing plays 70th 29 plays total Long rushing plays allowed 30th 20 plays total
Turnovers lost T-15th best 5 Turnovers attained T-50th best 9
Sacks allowed 31st 1.33/gm Sacks  119th  1/gm
TFL allowed  T-24th  4.67/gm TFL 102nd 5/gm

wisconsin on offense, michigan on defense

Wisconsin offense Rnk. Avg. Michigan defense Rnk. Avg.
Pass offense 102nd 193.2 yds Pass defense 1st 134 yds
Rush offense 4th 287 yds Rush defense 6th 96.5 yds
Yards per play 16th 6.84 yds Yards per play allowed 1st 3.69 yds
Scoring offense 45th 33.8 pts Scoring defense 11th 15.8 pts
Total offense 26th 480.2 yds Total defense 1st 230.5 yds
3rd down conversions 18th 49.18% 3rd down conversions allowed 36th 34.12%
Long passing plays 77th 46 plays total Long passing plays allowed 4th best 28 plays total
Long rushing plays 28th 38 plays total Long rushing plays allowed 39th 22 plays total
Turnovers lost T-15th best 5 Turnovers attained T-103rd 6
Sacks allowed 43rd 1.6/gm Sacks 20th 3/gm
TFL allowed 2nd best 2.8/gm TFL 10th 8.67/gm

special teams/other

Michigan Rank Avg. Wisconsin Rank Avg.
Opponent kick returns 89th 20.27 yds Kick returns 47th 22.54 yds
Kick returns 55th 21.69 yds Opponent kick returns 59th 20.4 yds
Punting 2nd 51.67 yds Punt returns 82nd 7.75 yds
Punt returns 62nd 9.17 yds Punting 86th 40.32
Field Goals 20th 88.9% Field Goals 33rd 83.3%
Penalties 117th 78.8 yds/gm Opponent penalties 109th 43.2 yds/gm
Opponent penalties 62nd 56.8 yds/gm Penalties 52nd 52 yds/gm
Time of possession 21st 32:43.17/gm Time of possession 5th 35:08.60/gm
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