Wisconsin Badgers Football Season Preview History
2011 Wisconsin Football Preview:
The Wisconsin Badgers football team had one of the best seasons in its history last year, going 11-2 and losing to an excellent TCU team in one of the best Rose Bowls in recent memory. Though it may be tough to repeat the success of 2010 after graduating a host of talented seniors, head coach Bret Bielema has the ability to get them there.
On offense, the badgers will be without their senior quarterback from last year, Scott Tolzein. A reliable signal caller, it will be hard to find someone to replace his steady hand. However, whoever it may be will have the benefit of having one of the most talented running backs behind them in Montee Ball, who rushed for almost 1,000 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. Joining Ball in the backfield is James White, who made a name for himself last year as well in rushing for more than 1,000 yards.
With a strong running game pacing the offense, the defense will also be able to keep pace. Last year Wisconsin did just enough to eke out some really impressive wins against Ohio State and Iowa, so look for much of the same this year, and a Big 10 title is not out of the question.
2010 Wisconsin Football Preview:
Wisconsin was definitely a surprise last year. At the end of the season, the Badgers found themselves owners of a 10-3 record and an upset win over Miami in the Champs Sports Bowl. They won't be sneaking up on anybody this year, as a high-powered offense gives them the potential to take the Big Ten crown away from Ohio State.
The Wisconsin offense should be one of the best in the country, as offensive coordinator Paul Chryst welcome back 10 starters from last year's squad that ranked first in the conference in scoring. Senior quarterback Scott Tolzien has a wealth of weapons at his disposal, the most potent of which is junior running back John Clay. Junior wide receiver Nick Toon and senior tight end Lance Kendricks are both reliable throwing targets.
While the Badger offense is sure to be effective, there is less certainty when it comes to the defense. There are only five returning starters and two-thirds of the linebacking corps, sophomores Mike Tyalor and Chris Borland are coming off of off-season surgery.
If their defense can hold up, Wisconsin should be among the top 10 teams in the country. Their schedule is favorable as they have the Buckeyes at home, and don't have to play Penn State.