Badgers' Chryst says he never spoke directly to Williams
Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst says he never personally spoke with Caleb Williams when the former Oklahoma quarterback was considering potential transfer destinations before choosing Southern California. Chryst added that he did keep incumbent quarterback Graham Mertz informed about the situation as Williams was making his decision. "He understands,” Chryst said Monday, the day before Wisconsin opens spring practice.news.yahoo.com
Wisconsin dismisses running back Jalen Berger from team
Wisconsin has dismissed running back Jalen Berger from its football program one year after he led the team in rushing. Badgers coach Paul Chryst announced the move in a statement Sunday without specifying a reason for the dismissal. Berger, who is from Newark, New Jersey, rushed for a team-high 301 yards as a freshman last season despite missing three of Wisconsin’s seven games due to injury.news.yahoo.com
Michigan vs. Wisconsin live updates
PREGAME UPDATES- Michigan linebacker Josh Ross has made the trip to Madison. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said he was probable earlier this week. ****Michigan is putting its undefeated record on the line Saturday at a place it has struggled over the past two decades. How to watch Michigan at Wisconsin: TV channel, kickoff time, live streamContinue to refresh this page as MLive will be providing live updates throughout. Overall, Jim Harbaugh is 2-3 against Wisconsin.mlive.com
Michigan vs. Wisconsin scouting report: Wolverines face first road test
Michigan is headed on the road for the first time this season on Saturday and will face a Wisconsin team whose 1-2 record probably isn’t reflective of its talent level. After facing the Irish at Soldier Stadium in Chicago last week, Wisconsin returns home, where it has dominated Michigan the past two decades. Michigan offense vs. Wisconsin defenseSomething’s got to give here. “Really stout, really good,” Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said of Wisconsin’s defense. “When you have good rhythm, good timing, good footwork -- when you have good eyes, you’re going to perform better.mlive.com
Wolverine Confidential podcast: What are Michigan’s chances of beating Wisconsin?
Michigan (4-0) will face its toughest test of the season on Saturday when it travels to Wisconsin (1-2). The Wolverines’ offense was humming through the first 3 1/2 games in 2021, but it sputtered in the second half against Rutgers last week, managing just 42 yards. Will Michigan’s offensive struggles continue against a Wisconsin defense that ranks second nationally in total defense, allowing just 210.3 yards per game? MLive’s Ryan Zuke and Aaron McMann discuss on the latest episode of “Wolverine Confidential” podcast. Listen via the embedded player below (click here if you can’t see it) or by searching for us, “Wolverine Confidential,” on your preferred podcasting platform.mlive.com
Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst talks Michigan: ‘They’re playing confident and flying around’
“Right now, they appear to me to be a team that’s defense is playing really fast, which, to me, means they’re confident in what they’re being asked to do,” Chryst said. “I think they’ve got some really good football players and a good scheme, and I think they’re playing confident and they’re flying around. “I think they’re a really good offense, and I think they’ve got a number of different weapons and they’re playing well up front,” Chryst said. “I like the way they’re playing their offense right now. They have an identity, they’re playing physical and they’re playing the matchups they want.mlive.com
Chryst says Wisconsin's troubles on offense go beyond Mertz
Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst says the Badgers’ problems on offense don’t rest solely with struggling quarterback Graham Mertz. Mertz was 18 for 41 for 240 yards with four interceptions and a fumble in the Badgers’ 41-13 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday. Chryst said Monday his message to the sophomore is to stay positive.news.yahoo.com
No. 12 Wisconsin dismisses freshman RB Crawford from team
Wisconsin has dismissed freshman running back Loyal Crawford from the team after police said he armed himself with a knife during a fight in a dorm. Badgers coach Paul Chryst announced the dismissal Tuesday and said freshman running back Antwan Roberts had been suspended. University of Wisconsin police spokesman Marc Lovicott said the 18-year-old Crawford was cited on misdemeanor charges of criminal disorderly conduct and disorderly conduct while armed.news.yahoo.com
No. 13 Wisconsin routs Michigan 49-11 in 1st game in 3 weeks
Wisconsin wide receiver Chimere Dike (13) gets away from Michigan defensive back Vincent Gray (4) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. 13 Wisconsin build a big lead in a 49-11 rout of Michigan on Saturday night. “It was great to get back to playing.”The Wolverines (1-3) fell behind 28-0 at halftime, their largest deficit at home since the Big House opened in 1927, and are off to their worst start since 1967. The team announced that 10 players would not be available to play at Michigan, but didn't say why they were out of the lineup. POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Badgers might up a little after slipping in the two weeks they were idle after rising to No.
No. 13 Wisconsin to play at Michigan after canceling 2 games
The 13th-ranked Badgers are set to play at Michigan on Saturday night, three weeks after their season-opening win. Wisconsin has been idle because it canceled two games due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the program. “It’s been kind of weird and sad a little bit, not being able to play," Badgers receiver Kendric Pryor said. The Badgers bounced back well enough with testing results that athletic director Barry Alvarez announced Monday the team would be back on the field against the Wolverines (1-2, 1-2), confident that the coronavirus outbreak has been handled. Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 24, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, might play at Michigan.
Wisconsin still uncertain of starting QB vs. Michigan
But whether the redshirt freshman quarterback starts for the Badgers Saturday at Michigan remains unclear. Wisconsin offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph told reporters Wednesday that Mertz remains in the Big Ten’s 21-day return-to-competition protocol after testing positive for COVID-19. So we’ll kind of see on him and a couple of other guys that were in that early group of it (testing positive).”Rudolph said Mertz remains No. 13 Wisconsin (1-0) had its previous two games canceled because of a coronavirus outbreak but it is on track to face Michigan (1-2). But that’s the biggest thing about football is adjusting.”Get Wolverine Confidential texts straight to your phone from our Michigan football writers.mlive.com
Wisconsin, rocked by COVID-19 outbreak, plans to play Michigan
This weekend’s scheduled football game between Michigan and Wisconsin is on. 13 Wisconsin, whose program was rocked by a COVID-19 outbreak in late-October, believes it has “a handle on the situation” and plans to move forward with preparing for Saturday’s game in Ann Arbor (7:30 p.m., ABC), according to a Monday afternoon announcement. The team says it has reported zero positive cases in five of the last six days of testing. Wisconsin reports five active cases and says one student-athlete and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19 since last Monday, Nov. 2. Asked about the safety and well-being of his team on Monday, before Wisconsin made the announcement, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said his team was approaching the week as if it was going to play a game.mlive.com
Early Michigan-Wisconsin betting lines are all over the place
Early betting lines for Saturday’s Michigan-Wisconsin game, if it even happens, are all over the place at the moment. On Sunday afternoon, Las Vegas sports book operator Circa Sports listed the Wolverines as three-point favorites for the prime-time showdown in Ann Arbor (7:30 p.m., ABC) when it Iunveiled its opening lines for this week’s slate of college football games. Meanwhile, a separate sports-book operator, FanDuel, lists Wisconsin as an early one-point favorite. They are 1-2 against the spread this season, failing to cover in both losses. Wisconsin covered the spread in its only game this season, a 45-7 win over Illinois in which it closed as 20 1/2-point favorites.mlive.com
Wisconsin-Purdue game canceled due to COVID-19; Badgers’ Big Ten title hopes in jeopardy
Wisconsin' game against Purdue on Saturday has been canceled because of a COVID-19 outbreak, putting its Big Ten title game hopes in jeopardy. The positive cases consist of 15 student-athletes and 12 staff members, the school announced Tuesday. Wisconsin’s Oct. 31 game against Nebraska also was canceled because of a high number of coronavirus cases. “I share in the disappointment of our student-athletes and staff,” Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a release. According to the release, Wisconsin plans to provide another update on Saturday, Nov. 7.mlive.com
Wisconsin-Purdue game off amid Badgers' coronavirus outbreak
MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin has canceled Saturday's home game against Purdue, the second straight game the 10th-ranked Badgers have called off as COVID-19 cases within their team continue to rise. This marks the second consecutive week that Wisconsin has canceled a game due to the virus outbreak. Ten players and 11 staffers have tested positive over the last seven days. The second cancellation gives Wisconsin little room for error in its quest to reach a second straight conference championship game. The Big Ten requires teams to play at least six games to be eligible for the league championship game.
Athletic director: Wisconsin has 22 positive COVID-19 cases
MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says the total number of positive COVID-19 cases within the Badgers’ football program has increased to 22. Alvarez told ESPN’s “College GameDay” on Saturday that 12 football players and 10 staffers have tested positive. Wisconsin announced Wednesday that six players and six staffers – including head coach Paul Chryst – had tested positive since Oct. 24, the day after its season-opening 45-7 victory over Illinois. School officials updated that number Thursday by saying two more staffers and one additional player had tested positive. The Thursday update indicated the football program had a total of 16 active cases, and that 15 of them had come since Oct. 24.
Wisconsin-Nebraska football game canceled this weekend as Badgers report COVID-19 outbreak
The Wisconsin vs. Nebraska football game this weekend has been canceled as cases of COVID-19 continue to spread throughout the Badgers program. COVID-19 has been a hot topic in Madison as star quarterback Graham Mertz had his positive test confirmed on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the university announced the team will pause all team activities for at least seven days because of the outbreak. “This morning, I received the news that I had tested positive via a PCR test I took yesterday,” Chryst said. Wisconsin-Nebraska is the first Big Ten game to be canceled this year, but with COVID-19 cases continuing to spike around the Midwest, it will certainly be difficult to avoid further interruptions to the shortened season.
COVID-19 outbreak cancels Wisconsin-Nebraska football game
Big Ten football lasted just one week before its first cancellation. Saturday’s scheduled game between Wisconsin and Nebraska won’t happen “due to an elevated number of COVID-19 cases within the Badgers' program,” according to a release from Wisconsin athletics. Any player who tests positive must sit out of practice and games for 21 days. The decision to pause activities and cancel Saturday’s game came from Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez and school chancellor Rebecca Blank in consultation with the Big Ten. When the Big Ten announced on Sep. 16 its new plan for a fall season, it included medical protocols that addressed positive tests.mlive.com
No. 9 Wisconsin cancels Nebraska game; Chryst tests positive
9 Wisconsin canceled its game at Nebraska and paused team activities for at least a week after a dozen people in the program — including coach Paul Chryst — tested positive for COVID-19. Alvarez said the team had only one positive test two days before Friday's season-opening 45-7 victory over Illinois and 12 positive tests afterward. Alvarez said Wisconsin had reached the “orange/red” levels in the Big Ten protocols based on its rate of positive tests. The announcement followed reports that quarterback Graham Mertz had tested positive twice – which would require him to sit out at least 21 days under Big Ten protocols – and that backup quarterback Chase Wolf had tested positive at least once. “We’ll see where we are as far as testing, and we’ll make that decision as we move closer to the game,” Alvarez said.
Nightmare scenario: What happens when outbreak hits QB room?
What happens if an outbreak hits a team’s quarterback room? “Obviously this year there’s some things that will be unique,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said Monday without specifically discussing his players’ test results. “I think there certainly were those questions after the decision was made,” Ohio State team physician Jim Borchers said last week. And that’s all we really paid attention to.”Big Ten protocols say that athletes who test positive through point-of-contact daily testing must take a polymerase chain reaction test to confirm the first result. While Wisconsin awaits answers, Big Ten teams continue reminding quarterbacks about the potential risks inherent in this unusual season.
Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz tests positive for COVID-19 but could be back for Michigan game
Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz’s next game after his stellar debut could be against Michigan. After having a COVID-19 antigen test come back positive on Saturday, Mertz received a positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on Tuesday to confirm, according CBS Sports. Wisconsin might have to start fourth-string quarterback Danny Vanden Boom in Saturday’s game at Nebraska after third-stringer Chase Wolf also tested positive, according to reports. However, Wolf’s positive test has not yet been confirmed. If a team’s positivity rate -- the number of positive tests divided by total number of tests administered -- based on a seven-day rolling average exceeds five percent, it would not be allowed to play.mlive.com
Around the Big Ten: Wisconsin QBs reportedly test positive for COVID-19
Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst declined to comment on the situation. Mertz’s backup, Chase Wolf, has also tested positive, according to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 100 for FitzNorthwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald won his 100th game on Saturday with a 43-3 thumping of Maryland. Indiana wanted Penn State to score, and the Nittany Lions obliged, opening the door for Indiana’s eventual overtime victory. “It’s my job as the head coach to make sure everybody clearly understands those situations and obviously right there that didn’t happen,” Penn State head coach James Franklin said.mlive.com
Wisconsin coach stays mum on QB Mertz with Huskers up next
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal both reported that Mertz had tested positive. The Journal-Sentinel reported Mertz’s positive test came Saturday, one day after the Badgers’ 45-7 season-opening home victory over Illinois. Both papers reported that Mertz would be undergoing a second test to determine if the first result was a false positive. Big Ten protocols say that athletes who test positive through point-of-contact daily testing must take a polymerase chain reaction test to confirm the first result. Chryst said he has no problem with the Big Ten’s 21-day policy, which is more stringent than those of most conferences regarding players who test positive.
Mertz, No. 14 Wisconsin rout Illinois 45-7 in Big Ten opener
14 Badgers beat Illinois 45-7 on Friday night to open the pandemic-delayed Big Ten football season. Mertz became the first-team quarterback after returning starter Jack Coan underwent foot surgery on Oct. 7, leaving him out indefinitely. After Illinois fumbled the ball away on the game’s second play from scrimmage, Mertz hit fullback Jason Stokke for a 10-yard touchdown pass. Mertz responded to Illinois’ touchdown by throwing a 34-yard completion to Ferguson and then hitting the senior tight end again for a 14-yard score with 1:06 left in the half. After Illinois went three-and-out on its next series, Mertz threw deep and found Danny Davis for a 53-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds left until halftime.
Spring college football: When? How much? Who plays?
Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said before a spring football season is planned, there has to be a discussion about fall 2021. He said conversations about a spring football season have been minimal, but there has been a theme. If the NFL does nothing to accommodate spring college football some of the sure-things are almost certain to leave. There is so much to sort out, including the NCAA signing off on a spring football season. At this point in time, we'll see.__Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Taylor over 200 again in No. 15 Badgers 37-21 win over Neb
15 Badgers 37-21 win on Saturday in a performance that further etched his name into the record books. Taylor became the first Football Bowl Subdivision player since at least 2000 to run for 200 yards three times against the same team, according to Sportradar. And now with 5,634 career yards, Taylor moved past Georgias Herschel Walker (1980-82) into first place for most yards rushing through a junior season. Im a big fan of him, right? Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said with a smile. FROST EXTENSIONBefore the game, Nebraska announced Frost was given a two-year contract extension through 2026.
Badgered! U-M routed at Wisconsin
Josh Metellus #14 of the Michigan Wolverines carries the ball against the Army Black Knights during the first half at Michigan Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 14 Wisconsin. "We're excited to get going with Big Ten play and face a well-coached and talented Michigan team," Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst told reporters. Wisconsin has won five consecutive home meetings with Michigan. PREDICTION: Michigan 28, Wisconsin 24More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Michigan football vs. Wisconsin: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
Josh Metellus #14 of the Michigan Wolverines carries the ball against the Army Black Knights during the first half at Michigan Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. - Tenth-ranked Michigan looks to record its first win in Madison in 18 years when it visits No. LINE: Wisconsin -3.5"We're just looking to go out there and make a statement it's as simple as that," Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson told reporters. "We're excited to get going with Big Ten play and face a well-coached and talented Michigan team," Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst told reporters. PREDICTION: Michigan 28, Wisconsin 24More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Wisconsin football vs. South Florida: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
17 Wisconsin bounce back from a disappointing season, and the star running back begins that quest on the road against South Florida on Friday night. ABOUT WISCONSIN (2018: 8-5)Junior Jack Coan will get the start in the opener at quarterback after being pushed by freshman Graham Mertz in the preseason, and will look to senior A.J. The Badgers were 29th in the nation in total defense in 2018 and senior linebacker Zack Baun (62 tackles, one interception) leads the way. Wisconsin junior WR Quintez Cephus (30 receptions in 2017) has been re-instated after being acquitted of sexual assault and suspended for the 2018 season. PREDICTION: Wisconsin 34, USF 21More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.