The passing attack was a major disappointment this past football season, and it was a big part of the reason why the Badgers offense struggled to get anything going outside of runs from running back Jonathan Taylor.
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One of the least talked-about positional groups in football is the special teams unit, but as the Badgers found out against BYU last fall, a missed field goal can be the difference.
Wisconsin’s brand of football is based on its ability to be stout on the defensive side of the ball, while running the ball behind its loaded offensive line. The offense rode the legs of Jonathan Taylor to 373 yards per game last year, but the Badger defense was not as stellar as most years. The perennial top five defense finished the season ranked 35th nationally in points allowed at 22 per game.
“The most popular man on campus is the backup quarterback.”
With just six weeks until the 2019 NFL draft scouts and coaches from 24 NFL teams descended on Madison to get a further look at Wisconsin’s top professional football prospects.
Wisconsin’s winningest quarterback in school history wants out.
The quarterback has left the building.
NEW YORK — In recent years, defense has been Wisconsin’s football identity. The Badgers ranked third in the country in scoring defense last season, fourth a year before, first the year before that. For even the most experienced players on Wisconsin’s roster, elite defense is all they’ve ever known.
NEW YORK — The pregame billing had it as a showdown between an elite pass defense and the country’s best running back. In the end, both units turned out to be wearing red and white.
On Aug. 20, the Badgers were ranked fourth in the nation. Fans’ confidence grew in hopes UW was a title contender. Following a 13-1 season with a 34-24 Orange Bowl victory over Miami, the Badgers looked primed to make the jump and be regarded as one of the nation’s best.
“He’s got something special,” head coach Paul Chryst said of Jonathan Taylor.
As any good coach will tell you, football is a team game. That means it’s a weakest-link game, where poor performance from one play or positional group can cancel out all the good done by the rest.
As the Wisconsin Badgers (4-3 Big Ten, 6-4 overall) traveled to face the No. 20 Penn State Nittany Lions (4-3, 7-3), they heard devastating news that senior defensive tackle Olive Sagapolu was out for the season.
As the skies get darker with winter approaching, a cloud of uncertainty also looms over the Wisconsin Badgers (4-2 Big Ten, 6-3 overall) as they get ready travel to Beaver Stadium in a showdown with the No. 21 Penn State Nittany Lions (3-3, 6-3). The Badgers are currently nine point underdogs, needing an upset to keep their faint Big Ten West hopes alive.
In December 2011, Tony Granato received a phone call. An old friend from college had gotten a new job and was moving into town, and Granato was supposed to help him find a place to live.
A week ago in Evanston, the Wisconsin Badgers (4-2 Big Ten, 6-3 overall) seemed to be lacking energy during their loss to Northwestern.
Jonathan Taylor rushed for just 46 yards in Wisconsin’s (4-2 Big Ten, 6-3 overall) loss to Northwestern last week. He eclipsed that mark with his eighth run of the day, en route to 214 yards and three touchdowns and a 31-17 victory over Rutgers (0-6, 1-8) at Camp Randall.
Editor's note: Rutgers linebacker Izaia Bullock was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder Tuesday. He was immediately removed from the program. For any information or questions on how this may affect Rutgers this weekend, we defer to the local reporting, which can be found here.
Despite the fact that many of the teams of many Heisman candidates had bye weeks, the board has a bit of moving and shaking. Still, one name reigns supreme.
Wisconsin football (3-2 Big Ten, 5-3 overall) prepares to host Rutgers (0-5, 1-7) in an underwhelming matchup on Saturday. Rutgers, on a deep losing streak and without a single conference win, does not have much to offer in terms of competition for the Badgers.