Wisconsin (@1.12) vs South Florida (@6.2)

Our Prediction:

Wisconsin will win

Wisconsin – South Florida Match Prediction | 25-08-2019 19:00

Senior outside linebacker Zack Baun was third on this team in tackles and will be the leader of this defense, and Chris Orr is an experienced LB that is a veteran of this system. Thus, there shouldnt be too much of a drop off. The secondary will likely be the strength of the defense with all 4 starters returning. Junior Eric Burrell and sophomore Scott Nelson will both return at safety as well and will be challenged in this contest versus the speed and athleticism of the USF pass catchers.The Bulls defense will have to be better than it was in 2018 but have all the necessary tools to make that happen. Mike Hampton is this teams top defensive back coming up with 35 solo tackles, 2 INTs and 16 pass breakups. The Wisconsin defense has to go through a lot of change with so many long-time starters having left, but this program is built upon defensive prowess and depth. This front 7 gets back even more production and experience as Senior LB Greg Reaves (89 tackles) and Nico Sawtelle are back. USF has a solid amount of talent throughout this defense but Charlie Strong will need to coach them up in preparedness for a tough and physical UW offense as they ranked 123rd in rush defense last season. Both corners, Rachad Wildgoose and Faion Hicks, will return after promising freshman campaigns in 2018. DB Nick Roberts is back after a sensational debut season where he posted 72 tackles and a team high 3 INTs. Up front USF gets back the services of Kirk Livingstone (10.0 TFL, 4.0 Sacks) and Kevin Kegler. Sophomore defensive end Matt Henningsen is the lone returner with much experience up front, but the Badgers do have some promising players that will be getting their first chances to show their talent.

With what should be an even and controlled style under Bell, part of the goal will be to own the clock, and in the expected heat, keep things moving and dont let the Badgers dominate the clock. Blake Barnett is a solid veteran quarterback, Mitchell Wilcox is one of the nations best tight ends, and the line gets back four starters.

Mertz might have a leg up in this one, despite his youth. Coan has five games under his belt, including a start in the aforementioned Pinstripe Bowl. Hes by no means battle-tested, though its a lot more experience than Mertz has. The QB starting spot is going to come down to Jack Ice Cream Coan and Graham Mertz. Mertz, a top QB prospect who had offers from Alabama, Clemson and Georgia, or Jack Coan, who played in five games for UW last year, including a start in the Pinstripe Bowl blowout over Miami, says Sports Illustrated.

They speak English in McNeese? Consequently, former offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert was exiled to the Southland Conference; damned to coach the McNeese State Cowboys. The Bulls finished the season 7-6 SU, 3-5 in AAC play, and 4-9 against the sportsbook sites spread. USF was invited to the Gasparilla Bowl where they lost to Marshall 20-38 as three-point dogs. The Bulls went from scoring 35.5 points in their first seven games to just 20.1 in their last six. South Florida became the first team in college football history to start 7-0 and then lose their remaining six games. Newsflash: McNese aint no state I ever heard of.

Preview 2019: USF. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

The Wisconsin Badgers are the better coached team and have earned our trust over the years, but they also have a lot of new faces on offense outside of Taylor and you just have to wonder how long it will take things to come together.The South Florida Bulls showed just how good they can be last season when they started the season with seven straight wins. Yes, the season fell apart in the final six games, but there's lots of talent on this team and they have a chance to do something in the AAC if they can just figure it out.

6 in rushing yards per game (273.4). Thanks to him, the Badgers ranked No. Three other members of the offensive line received first-team all-conference honors; Tyler Badass Biadasz, Michael Deiter, and David Edwards. Taylor was named a consensus first-team All-American, and so was offensive lineman Beau Benzschawel. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook passed for 1,532 yards and 13 touchdowns. Hornibrook has since transferred to Florida State and only Biadasz is returning to the offensive line. Taylor is also returning for his junior year.

Wisconsins defense has some questions but the secondary should be solid with three returnees. But at least they were able to win a Bowl game by beating the Miami Hurricanes at the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Taylor is a preseason All-America team member, who rushed for 2,194 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2018. The Badgers disappointed their fans in 2018, failing to reach the College Football Playoff despite lofty preseason expectations. Who will that be for Week 1 is still up in the air as of this writing, but its going to be a choice between freshman Graham Martz and Jack Coan after the transfer of Alex Hornibrook to Florida State. The Badgers allowed 22.7 points and 344.2 total yards per game last year. Theres a level of uncertainty for the Badgers this year, as they will have a new quarterback. Whats sure for now is that running back Jonathan Taylor owns the Badgers backfield.

Ill take the points in what should be a low-scoring affair. Miamis resurgent program has brought the fans back to south Florida and they are excited to see their team one more time this year. Even though Wisconsin is the better team in my opinion playing a true road game in the postseason is going to be awfully tough.

The Badgers were pushed around by Ohio State, and their defense the nations stingiest in allowing 236.9 yards per game during its 12-0 start gave up far too many big plays and allowed 449 total yards for the game.Head coaches Paul Chryst (Badgers) and Mark Richt (Hurricanes) were recognized for their accomplishments this season, and were named Coach of the Year for the Big Ten and ACC, respectively. 6 Wisconsin and No. Two teams that exceeded expectations this season will meet in the 2017 Orange Bowl on Saturday as the Wisconsin Badgers battle the Miami Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium.The regular season ended on sour notes for both No. Chryst guided the Badgers to their first 12-0 regular season in school history, while Richts Hurricanes made an even more dramatic climb to its first-ever ACC Coastal Division title and its first 10-win season since 2003. The Badgers will look to bounce back from their only loss of the season after they fell to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game a year after losing the conference title to Penn State while the Hurricanes look to pick themselves up after consecutive losses to Pittsburgh and Clemson (in the ACC title game) to end the regular season.The Badgers and Hurricanes are both led by their defenses but both units were smoked in their respective title games. Miamis usually formidable defense barely put up a fight in giving up 38 points to Clemson more than double the 18.3 points the Hurricanes allowed in their first 11 games. The Badgers defeated Miami 20-14 in the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl in their only previous postseason encounter. 11 Miami as their dreams of earning a spot in the College Football Playoff came crashing to a halt with poor showings in their conference championship games.

Wisconsin vs. Florida Prediction, Game Preview

TheBadgers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games on grass,13-4 ATS in their last 17 road games and4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. TheBulls are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games,0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in August and2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Badgers last 6 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Bulls last 7 non-conference games.

The unit forced just three turnovers in the two losses after forcing 19 in the prior five games. Quarterback Malik Rosier accounted for 30 total touchdowns in 2017, tying Vinny Testaverdes single-season school record (1986). The defense, which is this teams bread and butter, will need to keep up their intensity, which featured 16 different players wearing the famed Turnover Chain during the year. The offense ended up averaging just 223 yards in those two losses, including just 74.5 on the ground. Rosier was terrific in wins over Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, but looked overwhelmed in the back-to-back losses to Pittsburgh and Clemson. What didnt help was that two of the teams top three pass catchers tight end Christopher Herndon and receiver Ahmmon Richards were lost for the season right before the title game.

However, they took a considerable step backward in 2018. As for South Florida, they are getting ready for year 3 of the Charlie Strong era. In Strongs first season, the Bulls went 10-2 and were one of the top teams in the American conference. After starting the season 7-0, they finished 7-6 overall and 3-5 in conference play, including a loss in the Gasparilla Bowl.

With not much strength on its schedule, the Bulls will have to win this game if they are to get any early national attention from the committee. 19 Wisconsin Badgers and the South Florida Bulls met was in 2014, with the Badgers taking down the Bulls, 27-10. South Florida now gets a chance to avenge that loss and to get their 2019 season started on a high note when they lock horns with Wisconsin this coming Friday. The Badgers are +10000 to win the national title. The last time the No.

The Badgers posses a tenacious defense that ranked third in the nation with just 13.2 points allowed per game and scored six defensive touchdowns tied for most in the country. Wisconsin also set a school record with 21 different players scoring a touchdown this season. Taylor, who finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting, was held to a season-low 41 yards by Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game, almost 110 yards less than the 150.5 yards he averaged entering the game. The Badgers offense is usually focused on the running game and this year was no different as Jonathan Taylor rushed for 1,847 yards and he needs just 79 more to break Adrian Petersons single-season FBS freshman record set in 2004.