By Ryan Coleman | @ryancoleman_98
Wisconsin is good. No sorry, Wisconsin is great. No sorry, Wisconsin is a phenomenal team that will be in the running for the national championship. The Badgers came so close to making the College Football Playoff last year and once you get a little taste of something, you always want more.
This is exactly the case for Wisconsin who comes into 2018 craving a championship. With the key players and components to this powerhouse returning from last season, it may just be the year of the Badger.
Let’s start with the defense, which was so marvelous last year that it will almost be impossible to replicate. The line-backing core that was NFL caliber in 2017 returns most of its stars and is going to be a terror to any offense. The biggest question mark is the secondary as three of the four starters are gone. Luckily enough for the Badgers, they can easily rely on the offense to start the season as they figure out their kinks.
Jonathan Taylor in 2017 was a true freshman running back who almost eclipsed 2000 yards rushing and was in the discussion for the Heisman trophy. This year, nothing has changed. Almost all of Wisconsin’s starters return, along with an outstanding offensive line, and third-year quarterback in Alex Hornibrook. The Badgers will threaten a passing game as well, with an insanely talented group of receivers, all Hornibrook has to do is limit his interceptions.
The final change that affects Wisconsin compared to last year is their schedule. While they figure out their defense against WKU, New Mexico, and BYU, they do have some difficult matchups afterward. Iowa, Michigan, Penn State and Northwestern are all road games that will trouble Wisconsin and it seems unlikely they will win all four.
The Badgers hopes and plans are set high for this season. Anything short of a Big Ten Championship and College Football Playoff showing would be considered a disappointment.