Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
Former Wisconsin offensive line coach Paul Chryst is back at his alma mater running the show. The Wisconsin athletic department hired the native son away from the University of Pittsburgh. Chryst is where he wants to be and has ten starters returning on both sides of the football in 2015. Wisconsin went 11-3lastseason, 7-1 in conference play. Wisconsin lost badly to Ohio State in the Big-Ten Championship game but beat Auburn in the 2015 Outback Bowl. The Badgers have plenty of talent to contend on the national scene this season. The Wisconsin Badgers plays home games at 80,000 seat Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.
Four starters including senior quarterback Joel Stave (1,350) passing yards last season return. The Badgers offense will be without first-round NFL draft pick, Melvin Gordon. Junior Corey Clement (949) rushing yards in 2014 is set to become the man in the Wisconsin backfield. Senior wideout Alex Erickson (772) receiving yards is going to be again the main target in the passing game. Chryst specialty is the o-line, and he must replace three starters. Wisconsin has a long tradition of offensive line play, and the coaching staff will have bodies in place. The Wisconsin Badgers went 6-8 on Sports Handicappers Point Spread Predictions last season, going over the betting odds total seven times, staying under the betting odds total five times with two pushes.
*The Wisconsin offense put up 468.9 yards per contest last season, 22nd nationally.
*The Badgers were 4-4 ATS in Madison last season.
*Wisconsin went 2-4 Against The Number on the road.
*The betting odds total went 5-2-1 at Camp Randall in 2014.
*Wisconsin went over the betting odds total twice on the road.
*The Badgers stayed under the betting odds total three times with a push on the road.
*The Badgers passing attack was 118th in College Football, with 148.7 yards per game through the air.
*Wisconsin ranked 29th in the FBS putting points on the board, they averaged 34.6 ppg last season.
*The potent Wisconsin running game was 4th in the NCAA Football landscape, averaging 320.1 yards per game.
The Wisconsin secondary has talent and experience to match the best in the Big-Ten. Cornerbacks Darius Hillary and Sojourn Shelton have started fifty-one NCAA Football games. Senior captain Michael Caputo will make the calls from his safety position. The Wisconsin defense also has playmakers at the linebacker position, especially on the outside. Inside linebacker T.J. Edwards is a redshirt freshman who showed his skill set in the spring. The defensive line will be a work in progress. Wisconsin will find players who can stop the run and provide a pass rush.
*The Badgers defense gave up an average of 294.1 yards per contest, fourth in College Football.
*The Wisconsin pass defense gave up 168.0 yards per game through the air last season, 4th in the FBS.
*The opposition scored 20.0 ppg in 2014, 17th nationally.
*The Badgers run defense was 23rd in the NCAA football landscape, giving up 126.1 yards per contest on the ground.
*Wisconsin opens up the 2015 season in a nationally televised contest in Dallas, Texas against Alabama.
*Wisconsin avoids Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State this season.
Bovada lists the Wisconsin Badgers at over/under ten wins in 2015.