There are still many weeks left this season. But apparently Colin Cowherd has already found his “lock of the year.”
While talking with analyst Joel Klatt, Cowherd named Michigan-Wisconsin his lock of the year, going on to explain why he thinks the Wolverines won’t have problems beating Wisconsin.
Among Cowherd’s reasons, he said Wisconsin “got unbelievable breaks” against Michigan State, referring to the four Spartans turnovers in the Badgers’ impressive 30-6 win. Klatt seemed to disagree with this notion of luck, giving credit to Wisconsin for forcing the turnovers.
But Cowherd thinks differently. Though Wisconsin’s already beaten LSU and Michigan State, Cowherd isn’t buying the Badgers.
“Wisconsin right now thinks they’re the best team in the world,” Cowherd said.
Cowherd said Michigan doesn’t turn the ball over, and on that point he’s factually correct. Michigan has only two turnovers on 296 offensive snaps this season. He also said the Wolverines’ defense will shut down Wisconsin.
“Michigan blows out Wisconsin,” he said.
Wisconsin must be used to being considered the clear underdog this season. The Badgers first knocked off then-No. 5 LSU 16-14 in the season opener before winning at then-No. 8 Michigan State 30-6. Those two wins helped Wisconsin go from unranked all the way to No. 8.
It seems Badgers coach Paul Chryst, despite being 14-3 as Wisconsin’s coach, is still missing outside confidence from some on the national level. If Wisconsin does pick up another top-25 win this Saturday, maybe these doubts will finally stop.
On the Michigan side, this is another sign that the Wolverines are already seen as a dominant force in coach Jim Harbaugh’s second season. Harbaugh is also 14-3 as Michigan’s coach.
Wisconsin and Michigan haven’t played each other since 2010, when the Badgers beat Michigan for the second year in a row. Wisconsin hasn’t won three games in a row against Michigan since the Badgers won three games from 1959-1962.