Wisconsin Badgers 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
Wisconsin Badgers 2016 Preview
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The Wisconsin Badgers will look to get to double-digit wins again this season, after going 10-3 last season.
Overview: Paul Chryst and the Wisconsin Badgers will have their work cut out for them this season as they lost their quarterback, top receiver, and defensive coordinator. Wisconsin also faces one of the toughest schedules in the country with games against LSU, Ohio State, at Michigan State, at Iowa, and at Michigan. Wisconsin’s defense was very good last season and was able to bail out the struggling offense in most of their games. It will be crucial for their defense to step up and be dominant once again to help the Badgers to a 10 win season.
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Offense: The Wisconsin offense faces many challenges this season, like finding a new quarterback, reviving the running game, and finding stability on the offensive line. As for quarterback, Bart Houston will be the likely week 1 starter for the Badgers. Houston attempted only 47 passes last season for 281 yards and 3 touchdowns. The running game was dreadful last season for Wisconsin, but they have a very deep, veteran backfield this season. Dare Ogunbowale led the Wisconsin ground game last season with 819 yards and 7 touchdowns and will be back this season. Corey Clement, who figured to be the next great Wisconsin tailback, will be back this season after an injury plagued 2015. Wisconsin lost their top receiver from last season, but is returning Robert Wheelwright (416 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns) and Troy Fumagalli (313 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns).
Defense: Justin Wilcox is the new defensive coordinator for Wisconsin, after Dave Aranda took the DC job at LSU. T.J. Edwards is returning for Wisconsin, who led the team with 84 tackles. Wisconsin does lose their top two safeties, which could leave their secondary shaky to start the season. Vince Biegel is also returning for Wisconsin, who had 8 sacks and 14 TFLs last season. Overall, the Wisconsin defense should still be good, but I have some concerns about their secondary to start the season.
Special Teams: Rafael Gaglianone looks to be the team’s place kicker, although he struggled last season (18-27). Wisconsin will be looking for a new punter, while Andrew Endicott returns kicks.
Outlook: Wisconsin will most likely be a solid team this season behind their stellar defense, but their schedule will make it almost impossible to reach 10 wins again this season. I think the Wisconsin bowl streak will continue, but I see Wisconsin getting about 7 wins.
Sept. 3 LSU Green Bay
Sept. 10 Akron
Sept. 17 Georgia State
Sept. 24 at Michigan State
Oct. 1 at Michigan
Oct. 15 Ohio State
Oct. 22 at Iowa
Oct. 29 Nebraska
Nov. 5 at Northwestern
Nov. 12 Illinois
Nov. 19 at Purdue
Nov. 26 Minnesota