Now that fall camp has opened for the Wisconsin Badgers, the season opener is now less than a month away. It’s a long season in college football, but one loss could ruin a program’s chance for the College Football Playoff. In this three part series, I will predict how the Badgers will do in every game on their schedule. Here is the first four games.
September 3- Illinois State
The Badgers won’t have as difficult of a season opener as they did last year with Penn State. Their non-conference schedule also won’t be as difficult either. Illinois State shouldn’t bring the Badgers much of a challenge. Look for Wisconsin to get their young and unproven receivers looks early and often to develop early chemistry, especially against a team that isn’t their own. Don’t expect an upset here week one at Camp Randall.
Wisconsin wins 42-17. Season record: 1-0
September 10- Washington State
If any team on the non-conference schedule will give the Badgers a fit, it will be the Cougars. After finishing 7-6, but 6-3 in the PAC 12 North, Washington State only allowed 315 points last season. That was good for fourth in the PAC 12. I like the early season challenge for Wisconsin and I don’t necessarily thing this will be a high scoring game.
I still like Wisconsin in this one. This comes down to time of possession and defense. Whichever defense comes up with late turnover or stop could decide who wins.
Wisconsin wins 27-20. Season record: 2-0
September 17- New Mexico State
This game won’t be close. New Mexico State went 2-10 last season. They’re not a good team and I expect Wisconsin to put up a ton of points early and often. We should see a number reserves in the second half. This could be a good look into the future for Wisconsin.
Wisconsin wins 49-13. Season record: 3-0
September 24- Ohio State
Here is the week we really see where the Badgers stand in the Big Ten. An early season show-down with one of the best teams in the country on the road. I would expect this to be the game of the week on a national channel, most likely FOX.
I don’t like this matchup for the Badgers. CJ Stroud is a stud at quarterback. Jaxson Smith-Njigba is the best receiver in the country, and the defense will be great as well. I don’t think Wisconsin goes down without a fight, but I expect Ohio State to pull away in the second half.
Wisconsin loses 34-21. Season record: 3-1
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