2017 Football Preview – Big Ten – Badgers
Looking for 2017 Wisconsin Badgers predictions? The Badgers have high expectations to live up to from their fans each year. They are expected to win the Big Ten and at worst make the Rose Bowl, but coming into this season the Badgers fans seem to have something else on their mind. They think that this is the year that they can take the next step forward and make the FBS playoffs.
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- 2016 Record: 11-3
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So can this team make the FBS playoffs? Or what will this team do, and how far can they go?
2017 Wisconsin Badgers Predictions: Team Strengths
Big Men Up Front: The Wisconsin Badgers have always been known for having big offensive linemen, that are good, and a lot have gone on to play at the next level.
On the team this year they have a couple of canadiantes that could reach the NFL, but right now should have a lot of success this year.
They lost Ryan Ramczyk the top rated tackle in college football last year, to the draft. But they don’t seem to be to concerned about that, they shouldn’t even miss a beat.
The other four starters are back and they have a perfect candidate to fill his shoes. Redshirt freshmen Cole Van Lanen was a highly recruited guy coming into college and he should finally get his start to show his skills on the field.
Stability at Quarterback: Last year it was a two quarterback system between Alex Hornibrook and Bart Houston.
But Bart Houston graduated and this is Alex Hornibrook’s team. He did struggle at times last year but this his team this year, and he has known that all off season.
There is no quarterback controversy this off season and that should really help Hornibrook and his development to the starting quarterback they need him to be.
2017 Wisconsin Badgers Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Who’s Playing Linebacker: Last year the Badgers had arguablly the best linebacker core in the nation with T.J. Watt and Vince Biegel.
But both of those guys are gone and the Badgers are left with a lot of questions. Now they have guys on the roster who can try to fill their voids, but they are going to be young and there is going to be some growing pains.
They also don’t have the talent yet to play up to the level that Watt and Biegel provided on the football field.
Defensive Backfield Issues: The defensive backfield also has a lot of questions coming into this season.
Leo Musso and corner Sojourn Shelton were solid players for the Badgers last year, but they are both gone and the Badgers will need to have some big time contributions from young guys to have success this year.
The guys that can replace theme have all the talent, but do they have the leadership qualities yet? They are going to need to step up quickly and be leaders, or there could be a lot of big plays going against this Badgers defense next season.
Wisconsin Badgers Prediction: 10-2
The Badgers gave themselves a nice non conference schedule and that should help raise their win total. They play Utah State, Florida Atlantic, and BYU.
The only game in that schedule that might give them some issues is BYU, but still that should be an easy win for them.
In the conference schedule they also got some gift as they don’t play Penn State or Ohio State. The biggest tests will be Nebraska, Michigan, and maybe Minnesota. I think thy
I think that they will win two of those three games but will have one upset by a conference team. That that will lead them to a 10-2 record and another appearance in the Big Ten Championship game.
2017 Wisconsin Badgers Football Schedule
Date Time vs
- 9/1/17 9:00 PM ET USU
- 9/9/17 12:00 PM ET FAU
- 9/16/17 3:30 PM ET @BYU
- 9/30/17 TBD NW
- 10/7/17 TBD @NEB
- 10/14/17 TBD PUR
- 10/21/17 12:00 PM ET MD
- 10/28/17 12:00 PM ET @ILL
- 11/4/17 TBD @IND
- 11/11/17 TBD IOWA
- 11/18/17 TBD MICH
- 11/25/17 TBD @MINN
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