Happy Big Ten Week to those who celebrate it!
The Big Ten opens the football season this Friday, so the real College Football season.
The Wisconsin Badgers, who open up the season on Friday, released their first depth chart of the season.
Freshman Nick Herbig listed as a co-starter at Outside Linebacker.
Jon Dietzen is the starter at Right Guard after a year off.
With the Jack Coan injury, highly touted Graham Mertz is the starter with Chase Wolf as the backup.
The Jack Coan injury hurts because he was great at not turning the ball over. That needs to be hammered home with Mertz.
I’m very excited for the season to begin because I love this roster.
Now on to my predictions:
October 23rd, vs Illinois (Win)
The Badgers opened up as 23.5 point favorites per BetOnline.ag last week, I haven’t looked at the line since.
Let’s be real, this is a revenge game for the Badgers. The players and coaching staff won’t admit it, but deep down they want to get this win after Illinois shocked the world last year by upsetting the Badgers in Champaign.
The game this year is at Camp Randall where there will be no fans in the stands but there will be artificial sound.
I think the Badgers get their revenge on the Fighting Illini this year.
October 31, @ Nebraska (Win)
The Badgers will travel to Lincoln where they’ve been very successful since the Huskers joined the Big Ten.
Every year we keep hearing that the Huskers “are back” and every year they’re not.
Badgers win this game.
November 7, vs Purdue (Win)
While I think Purdue has gotten better over the last couple seasons, Badgers win this one.
November 14, @ Michigan (Win)
This is the toughest regular season game for the Badgers in my opinion. Ann Arbor is a tough place to play for anyone. But the fact that there’s no fans and not 100,000+ crazies getting the Wolverines fired up will help the Badgers.
I think this will be a one possession game, regardless of who wins, but I’m going to pick the Badgers to win this game for the simple reason I think UW’s roster is better than Michigan’s.
November 21, @ Northwestern (Win)
Ryan Field has been a house of horrors for the Badgers. Northwestern always plays the Badgers tough in Evanston.
I think this will be a close game and the Badgers make enough plays to close out the Wildcats.
November 28, vs Minnesota (Win)
Usually the Rivalry Game with the Goofers is the last game of the regular season. But 2020 is a weird year so we might as well have weird scheduling with rivalry games.
After the Badgers defeated the Goofers 14 years in a row, Minnesota won in 2018 (thanks to Alex Hornibrook), and then the Badgers rolled the Goofs last year to reclaim Paul Bunyan’s Axe after the Goofs disrespected the Axe after winning in 2018.
Minnesota is a good team, but there are three certainties in the world: Death, Taxes, UW beats Minnesota.
I think this game will be similar to the game in Minnesota last year. It’ll be a close game for the first 2-3 quarters and then the Badgers pull away.
December 5, vs Indiana (Win)
Badgers win this game. Yes, I know, great analysis.
December 12, @ Iowa (Win)
In a game that very well could decide the Big Ten West Division Champion, this will be a hard fought, grind it out game.
The Hawkeyes are never an “elite” team, but they’re always a solid team. And they’re always tough at Kinnick Stadium.
As I mentioned earlier, this will be a grind it out game, as they always are between the Badgers and Hawkeyes.
Badgers win a tough game to finish 8-0 in regular season.
December 19, Big Ten Championship
So since we won’t know the opponent, I’m not making a prediction on this game.
I think it’ll probably be Ohio State. But could be Penn State or Michigan.
So what this means is, the Badgers will need to finally break through and defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes (for the first time since 2010) and they’ll (likely) make the playoffs.