Wisconsin Badgers: Big Ten Title Belongs to the Badgers in 2018

After going 13-1 last season and winning the Orange Bowl, the Wisconsin Badgers are on track to take the Big Ten crown. The Badgers will benefit from having quarterback Alex Hornibrook back in uniform for another season. Hornibrook posted 2,644 yards passing and 25 touchdowns, including four in the Orange Bowl versus Miami.

Sophomore running Jonathan Taylor was on fire a year ago. In his freshman campaign carried the rock 299 times for 1,977 yards and 13 scores. With Taylor and Hornibrook returning, Wisconsin football should be fun to watch this season.

The Wisconsin Badgers will have the benefit from having several receivers return to the roster in 2018. A.J. Taylor had 475 yards and five touchdowns, which included a 100-yard game and a score versus Miami. Danny Davis III returns to the receiving corps in 2018 as well. In his freshman season, he recorded 418 yards and five touchdowns.

On defense, senior linebacker T.J. Edwards had 81 tackles, two sacks, and four picks a season ago. Ryan Connolly tallied 88 tackles, three sacks and one pick from his linebacker spot last year. Safety D’Cota Dixon nailed the opposition for 55 tackles and one interception.

The Wisconsin Badgers must get steady production from their younger players to find depth since they are a pretty young team.

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Big Ten questions/losses

The Big Ten has dealt with some changes over the past several months. Penn State lost Saquon Barkley to the NFL Draft; Ohio State has a new QB, and Urban Meyer will be suspended for the first three games. Other Big Ten programs will have to answer questions. Michigan State will look for certainty along the offensive line. It seems like the Spartans have three sophomores starting on the offensive front in 2018. Michigan will need to figure out if Shea Patterson can play a full season. The QB transfer had 17 touchdowns and nine picks last year.

Wisconsin Badgers football is capable of big things this season and no one should sleep on them going forward. They’ve gone under the radar too often over the years.

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