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Wisconsin Badgers Football 2016 Season Predictions

The upcoming college football season is fast approaching and one of the teams that is looking to have a successful season is the Wisconsin Badgers. The team is coming off a season in which they finished with an overall record of 10-3. During the season they beat a number of decent teams en route to a 23-21 victory over the University of Southern California Trojans in the Holiday Bowl. Led by head coach Paul Chryst, the Badgers will be playing the perennial powerhouse LSU Tigers at Lambeau Field to start the season. In this matchup, the team will be playing against their former defensive coordinator.

In the upcoming season, the Badgers will have a rather challenging schedule. SI.com sees them having a significant drop-off.  They will face a number of contenting teams that will prove to be big test for them on a weekly basis. The Badgers will face some of the best college football teams in the country such as the Louisiana State Tigers, Michigan State Spartans, Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines. They will also need to face teams such as the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Iowa Hawkeyes and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. All of these matchups will be very important for Wisconsin as they will need to win a majority of these games in order to compete for a national title.  Which unless they enlist some of their all-time best players they aren’t going to do.

At the beginning of the season, the Badgers will face LSU, who are among the best college football teams in the nation. This will be a huge test for Wisconsin as they will have an opportunity to make a big statement right away. They are at home in this matchup so with the home crowd supporting them, they may be able to win this game and establish themselves as a team to beat during the season. The next couple of weeks will be quite easy for the Badgers as they will face off against the Georgia State Panthers and the Akron Zips. However, the schedule will get tougher as they will need to play back to back road games at Michigan State and Michigan respectively. Both of these teams are well coached and will be challenging matchups for Wisconsin. After the first five games of the season, Wisconsin will likely have an overall record of at least 3-2.

The second half of the season will be quite challenging as well. During this stretch, they will need to face off against Ohio State, Iowa, and Nebraska. All three of these teams are always tough to beat but the Badgers will likely win at least two out of these three matchups. In the final weeks of the season, they will face the Northwestern Wildcats, Illinois Fighting Illini, Purdue Boilermakers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Wisconsin will likely win all of these matchups and finish with an overall regular season record of 9-3. This will allow them to participate in postseason play and get into one of the more significant bowl games at the end of the season.

After finishing the regular season is over, they will likely play in the Big Ten championship game and will win against Michigan. Therefore, they will be 10-3 with a berth in one of the major bowl games. In the Bowl game, Wisconsin will likely win that matchup and finish the season with an overall record of 11 wins and 3 losses. Therefore they will likely have a very good season and continue to establish themselves as a solid college football program.

While the Wisconsin Badgers will finish with an impressive record and have a successful season, it is unlikely that they will win the national championship. With a tough schedule against some very tough opponents, they will likely lose more than 2 games which usually prevent teams from winning a national championship. Since a team needs to either go undefeated or lose only one game all season, Wisconsin is not likely to meet this criterion during the season. However, the Badgers will likely finish in the top 10 teams in college football and remain as one of the finest teams in the nation. The Badgers should remain in the top 10 all season and have solid contributions from all of their players. As a result, the Wisconsin Badgers will be one of the most successful teams in college football during the 2016 season.

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Best Players in Wisconsin Football History

There are a few players that people need to remember when they are reflecting on the history of Wisconsin football, and they need to make sure that they are recalling these people when they look back on the great history of such an historic program. Wisconsin football is the home of the farm boy who is able to do anything in a conference that has always been filled with talent. Wisconsin is always talented, and they are always competitive. There is even a coach on this list because it is hard to forget how great that one man has been.  They could use some of these players for the upcoming season.

Ron Dayne

Ron Dayne was more than your regular 2000 yard running back. He was a phenom that came out of nowhere to win the Heisman, and he made his mark on Wisconsin football forever. He is the guy that people look at and think that he their one great player. He is not the only great player in school history, but he is the one that people will automatically remember. He is the one that people can look at and say that they remember when he was playing because he was so recent. Sadly he did not do as well in the NFL, but that just makes his legend bigger because he was so good in college.

JJ Watt

JJ Watt is the most current person on this list who went to Wisconsin the whole time he was in college. He is probably going to go to the hall of fame the way that he is playing, and he is a guy that a lot of people can identify with. He is also someone that a lot of people do not remember seeing play in college because he was not as good as he is now. He was still a great player, but he was not taking over the headlines like he is today. His work on the field has been something that recalls his time at Wisconsin, and people can go back and watch instant classics of how good he was.

Al Toon

Al Toon is the guy that people really forget was at Wisconsin because he was so famous for being with the Jets. He had a great pro career, and people might not remember that he was a standout at Wisconsin. He was already destined for great things, and people are now remembering that he was just as good at Wisconsin. He dazzled people with the Jets because his teams were competitive, but he was a great at Wisconsin that people in Madison have not forgotten. He is a great man, and he was a great player in his day.

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson is the person that other people might forget because he was only at Wisconsin for one year, but he was brilliant in his one year. Everyone knows that he won a Super Bowl, but he also almost won the Heisman in his one year at Wisconsin. He lit up the whole conference, and he was the biggest thing to happen there in a long time. He brought a lot of excitement to the school, and he made it easy for people to pull for Wisconsin because they wanted to see this short quarterback do well in the Big Ten.

Barry Alvarez

Barry Alvarez is not a player, but he is still the most significant coach in school history. He was so good that they wanted him to stay to be the athletic director, and he has coached bowl games even in his retirement from coaching. He made Wisconsin football what it is over a very long career, and people think of the school as a big deal in football because of what he has been able to do. He is a brilliant man who has made it easy for people to come to the school, and he has been the most affable character in college football. Everyone loves him, and it is easy to see why.

This is a short remembrance of what has been a great legacy at Wisconsin, but the school is still growing based on what these men were able to do in their time with the school on the field and off.