Wisconsin vs. Utah State Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Wisconsin vs. Utah State fearless prediction and game preview.
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Friday, September 1st
Game Time: 9:00 pm ET
Venue: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Wisconsin (0-0) vs. Utah State (0-0) Game Preview
2017 Utah State should be a whole lot easier to deal with than 2016 LSU.
Utah State is a good team with the upside to be a whole lot better after a dud of a campaign, but for Wisconsin, the start of the season should be a whole lot smoother after having to deal with Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State – who was supposed to be good – and LSU over the first half.
Of course, the Badgers got through that stretch okay, but this year’s non-conference slate should be a whole lot better – and the team needs to use it.
If this really is a potential College Football Playoff-worthy team, it needs to find a downfield passing game and has to get the ground attack rolling from Game One.
Meanwhile, Utah State needs to find the swagger on defense from a few years ago while hoping for the offense to generate more of a spark. The Aggies almost pulled off the shocker in 2012 – gagging away a 16-14 loss in Camp Randall.
This Badger team has no excuse to let it get that close this time around.
One Reason Why Utah State Will Win
The Wisconsin passing game is going to have to prove it early on against a solid Utah State secondary.
The Aggies might not be Florida State in the defensive backfield, but with Jalen Davis leading a good corner rotation, and with a slew of good veterans who were great throughout last year for an overall underwhelming defense, don’t expect it to be Air Badger all of a sudden.
Slow down UW TE Troy Fumagalli, take your chances that the other Wisconsin receivers can’t do much on the outside, worry about the run. Utah State can do that.
One Reason Why Wisconsin Will Win
The Utah State offense might not go anywhere against the Badger D.
Yes, LB Jack Cichy was lost for the year with a knee injury. Yes, T.J. Watt and Vince Biegel are gone. Yes, there have been a few other injury issues. But this is an absurdly deep Badger defensive front seven that should be among the best in the nation against the run.
Considering the Utah State offensive line is a bit iffy, as long as the linebackers are able to keep heady QB Kent Myers from running around and making big plays, and as long as he’s contained in the pocket, all should be fine.
What’s Going To Happen
The formula should continue to work. The Wisconsin defense will be terrific, and running game will be a bear from the start, and there will be just enough from the passing game to get by.
Utah State will be game for about a half, but then the time off possession battle will lean too heavily in Bucky’s way in a solid opening win for a very, very good Badger team.
Wisconsin vs. Utah State Prediction
Final Score: Wisconsin 40, Utah State 13
Line: Wisconsin -28 o/u: 48.5
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