1. WISCONSIN WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
Last year’s team just didn’t seem to have it.
It was better than BYU and Northwestern, and it was certainly better than Michigan – but it didn’t play like it in any of those three losses – and it was thoroughly outclassed by Michigan and Penn State. Even so, it was still a nice eight-win season with a dominant bowl victory.
For a program used to owning the Big Ten West and being in the hunt for a College Football Playoff spot, though, it was a massive disappointment.
And now it’s time to reestablish the dominance in the division. Iowa and Northwestern will be just as strong, if not better, and Nebraska and Minnesota are rising up fast.
The Badgers will likely be dismissed a bit considering all of the national focus on the Huskers and – to a certain extent – the Wildcats, not to mention all the stars in the Big Ten East, but that’s a big, big mistake.
As long as the offensive line can instantly reload, and if the quarterback situation can be dependable, and the pass rush can reemerge, the machine might just turn back on and make it five double-digit win seasons in the last six.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 9
After the BYU disaster of last season, nothing is a given in the weak non-conference schedule, but as long as the Badgers get by USF in Tampa to kick things off, there won’t be any issues outside of the Big Ten.
They get Northwestern, Iowa and Purdue at home, but they have to go to Nebraska and Minnesota, deal with Michigan and Michigan State at home, and Ohio State on the road.
UW will rebound enough this year to take two of the three games against the giants of the East, they’ll drop a West game it probably shouldn’t – Nebraska seems about right – and will whiff on a random game when the inexperience at quarterback shows through. Even though, it’ll manage to get in contention for double-digit wins going into the bowl season.
It might not be a College Football Playoff run for a program that’s been achingly close, but it’ll be a stepping-stone season with big things coming.
The 2020 team should be a killer, and the 2019 version won’t be bad, either.