Saunders Posted May 3, 2022 Share Posted May 3, 2022 Quote The Athletic: Wisconsin’s offense needed a reset — Will it be enough to get the Badgers back to Indy? When Paul Chryst took stock of Wisconsin’s football program in early January, the Badgers’ head coach was forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about where his team had been relative to where he wanted it to go. Wisconsin had finished the 2021 campaign with a 9-4 record and a victory against Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl. It was the type of season many college football teams might strive to achieve but one that highlighted how far the Badgers were from taking the next step toward consistent competitiveness for Big Ten championships. https://theathletic.com/3301819/2022/05/12/wisconsins-offense-needed-a-reset-will-it-be-enough-to-get-the-badgers-back-to-indy/?source=emp-shared-article Quote HuskerOnline: Wisconsin 2022 Spring Preview “I think this is probably about an eight- or nine-win Wisconsin team, and any time you’re around there, you’re going to have a shot at making it to Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game. That’s just the way the divisions have played out. “So I feel like Wisconsin will absolutely be in the mix for the Big Ten title conversation because they do play in the Big Ten West. “I think the offensive line will be improved; they should be able to run the football, and they have a better set of receivers than they did a year ago. The defense lost some guys, but they reloaded, and I think they should be good, too. “That’s why a lot of that will ride on what Graham Mertz is able to do. I’m looking at this as maybe a two or three-loss team, and maybe when all is said and done, they finish 9-3. That’s what I’ll say right now.” https://nebraska.n.rivals.com/news/nebraska-opponent-spring-review-wisconsin Quote Athlon: #19 Wisconsin Preview & Prediction This is a make-or-break season for Mertz, and it marks a turning point for the program as well. A strong season in the new offense could mean one more year of an improved Mertz, while another year of struggles would likely mean finding a new signal-caller. The defense might not be as good from the first snap as it was last year, but it should get up to speed quickly and be able to keep UW in every game. UW hasn't won a Big Ten title since 2012, but this year's team has the talent to find itself competing for one if the QB plays to his potential. https://athlonsports.com/college-football/wisconsin-football-badgers-prediction-preview-2022 Quote CollegeFootballNews: Wisconsin Preview & Prediction It’s sort of hard to get too down on a program for being disappointing after a 9-4 season with a bowl victory, but it’s time to get back to owning the Big Ten West again before 1) the divisions go away, or 2) change, and 3) USC and UCLA join the party. There will be a great ground game, the defense will be a rock, and the passing attack will be just fine for what the offense needs it to do. The team has to win the home games and it’s got be rolling in November. The Badgers get three nice tune-up games in Illinois State, Washington State, and New Mexico State before the Big Ten opener at Ohio State. Win that, and it’s Game On, but that’s obviously a tough way to start. It also kicks off a run of three road games in the first four conference weeks. Throw into the mix a road date at Michigan State followed up by a home game against a dangerous Purdue squad, and there are landmines to sidestep. Getting an extra week off before the Maryland game is big, especially with at Iowa, at Nebraska, and Minnesota to close.Budget in a loss to the Buckeyes, and at least one loss among the road games at Michigan State, Iowa, and Nebraska. There’s a shot at ten wins, and nothing less than a spot in the Big Ten Championship is okay. It’ll all come down to those final three games. SET THE WISCONSIN BADGERS REGULAR SEASON WIN TOTAL AT … 8.5 https://collegefootballnews.com/2022/07/wisconsin-badgers-preview-2022-season-prediction-breakdown-key-games-players/4 Wisconsin 2022 Preview | Offense, Defense Breakdown | Keys To The Season | Wisconsin Top 10 Players | Wisconsin Schedule & Analysis More to come... 1 Quote Link to comment
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