Redshirt freshman Graham Mertz made a strong first impression in his debut as Wisconsin’s starting quarterback. Nearly a month later, Mertz still is waiting to make his second start.
The Badgers, tangled in a COVID-19 web, have not played -- and rarely have practiced -- since Mertz completed 20 of 21 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns in a 45-7 victory over Illinois on Oct. 23. Despite the team’s inactivity and uncertainty surrounding Mertz, Wisconsin has been bet to a 4.5-point favorite against Michigan in Ann Arbor on Saturday.
Bettors are obviously down on the Wolverines, who opened as 2-point favorites and are off back-to-back poor performances in losses to Indiana and Michigan State. Michigan’s sudden demise has put coach Jim Harbaugh on the hot seat.