Wisconsin Badgers Seeking to Bounce Back
Wisconsin was caught by the trap game as they were coming off a victory over Michigan State the week before. The Badgers were looking ahead to this week and it cost them as they blew a nine-point fourth quarter lead to lose to Illinois. Wisconsin allowed nearly as many points in the loss as they had in their first six games (29) this season. The Badgers outgained the Fighting Illini 420-315, won the first down battle 22-17 and dominated time of possession by a 40:49 to 19:11 margin in the contest. Wisconsin turned the ball over three times while forcing just one takeaway: they gave up touchdowns of 48, 43 and 29 yards in the contest.
The Badgers are 89th
in the nation in passing offense as they average 208.3 yards per game this season. Wisconsin is 17th
in the nation in rushing with 235.4 yards per contest. The Badgers are 12th
in the FBS in scoring offense with 39.7 points per game and stand first in the nation as they allow only 7.6 points per game. Jack Coan is 127 of 167 passing for 1,383 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions this season. Graham Mertz is nine of 10 for 73 yards while Chase Wolf hit his lone pass for two yards. Jonathan Taylor
leads the team on the ground with 157 carries for 957 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season. Nakia Watson (55 carries, 247 yards, two TD) and Garrett Groshek (23 carries, 110 yards, TD) are capable of moving the sticks when called upon. Quintez Cephus leads the team with 24 receptions for 353 yards and three touchdowns this season. Jake Ferguson (20 grabs, 242 yards, two TD), Danny Davis III (20 catches, 168 yards) and A.J. Taylor (16 receptions, 158 yards) are solid secondary targets. Collin Larsh is 36 of 37 on extra points and six of 10 on field goals with a long of 44 this season.