Can The Wisconsin Badgers Be Trusted With Your Cash In 2014?

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Can The Wisconsin Badgers Be Trusted With Your Cash In 2014?

The expectations are high for the Wisconsin Badgers in 2014 as the Big Ten Conference is up for grabs; head coach Gary Andersen will be on his second year with the team and eight starters return for this new campaign where the College Football future odds have them +350 to win the Conference title.

Coach Andersen posted a 9-4-1 record on his first season with the Badgers, but this season he’s aiming for double-digit victories. It was just three short years ago that his upstart Utah State Aggies nearly took down the defending national champion Auburn Tigers, and now, he enters his second year at Wisconsin with a chance to make some noise in the national title race.

"First of all, I think the schedule is challenging; people can say what they want about this or that," Andersen said. "But we have a great schedule that’s highly competitive and we’re playing very good teams out of our [conference]. LSU is LSU, one of the best in the country year in, year out. Bowling Green is picked to take their conference and was a great team last year; and then we get into the Big Ten. So there is no easy Big Ten game."

The Complete Preseason Betting Odds The Wisconsin Badgers

  • Week 1 Odds vs. LSU are not available
  • To Win The 2014/2015 College Football Championship: +2500
  • To Win the Big Ten: +350
  • Regular Season Wins: Over/Under 9.5

How Will Wisconsin’s Offense Perform in 2014?

The Badgers can run the football; that’s their style of play, but their is a concern over experience at the quarterback position in Tanner McEvoy. McEvoy is a junior QB that joined the team in the summer of 2013, but he played most of his snaps as a safety; his ability to pass and run is what makes him a top candidate for the Badgers QB position.

Tailbacks Melvin Gordon and James White combined for 3,053 rushing yards last year in what was a record season for one-two running back set in College Football. White is no longer in the program (now with the New England Patriots), and Gordon is the solo player who averages 8.1 yards per carry in his career, and scored 12 TDs in 2013.

Wisconsin passing game, tied to what McEvoy can do, has big questions as they ranked 96th in the country in passing yards, and their stellar receiver Jared Abbrederis (1081 yards, 7 TDs in 2013) was drafted by the Green Bay Packers.

"We have to replace [wide receiver Jared Abbrederis] with two of three players," Andersen said. "The challenge is for the youth to step up. If those kids that are in the program that have experience at wide receiver have made the strides I believe they’ve made, and we can have three of those five youthful kids that I talked about, the ones in the program and the ones that are just new to the program, we can replace Jared by the numbers."

How Will Wisconsin’s Defense Perform in 2014?

The Badgers are sacrificing size for speed on defense on 2014, and in the words of POTUS #43: "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED".

Their entire defensive line was overhauled in the offseason; the only senior remaining is nose tackle Warren Herring. Keep an eye on Alec James who did not need much convincing to move from linebacker to defensive end for the University of Wisconsin football team in the spring. After being shown game tape of the defenses of Utah State and Utah, who both run a 3-4 like the Badgers, James jumped at the chance at the move.

“I had a meeting with coach (Dave) Aranda,” James said of the UW defensive coordinator. “He showed me some (video) of Utah State and Utah, where they had a guy playing D-end around 245 or 250 (pounds). That’s like right where I am.

“(Plus) there is a real good opportunity for playing time.”

Cornerbacks Sojourn Shelton and Darius Hillary and safety Michael Caputo return after they had a mediocre season in 2013; all three need to improve a lot for the Badgers to have a shot at the Big Ten Conference title.

2014 Wisconsin Badgers Schedule

  • Saturday, August 30 vs LSU* 9:00 PM ET ESPN
  • Saturday, September 6 vs W Illinois 12:00 PM ET BTN
  • Saturday, September 20 vs Bowling Green TBD
  • Saturday, September 27 vs South Florida TBD
  • Saturday, October 4 @ Northwestern TBD
  • Saturday, October 11 vs Illinois TBD
  • Saturday, October 25 vs Maryland 12:00 PM ET
  • Saturday, November 1 @ Rutgers 12:00 PM ET
  • Saturday, November 8 @Purdue TBD
  • Saturday, November 15 vs Nebraska TBD
  • Saturday, November 22 @ Iowa TBD
  • Saturday, November 29 vs Minnesota TBD

Wisconsin Final Analysis

The Badgers are going to run for just under 300 yards per game, plug-and-play on defense and upset LSU in Houston to place themselves firmly in the national title race.

2014 Wisconsin Badgers Projected Starters On Offense

QB

Joel Stave-So

 

FB

Derek Watt-So

 

RB

James White-Sr

 

WR

Jared Abbrederis-Sr

 

WR

Jordan Fredrick-So

 

TE

Jacob Pedersen-Sr

 

TE

Brian Wozniak-Sr

 

OT

..

 

OG

Ryan Groy-Sr

 

C

..

 

OG

Kyle Costigan-Jr

 

OT

Rob Havenstein-Jr

 

K

Kyle French-Jr

 

 

2014 Wisconsin Badgers Projected Starters On Defense

DE

David Gilbert-Sr

 

DT

Beau Allen-Sr

 

DT

Ethan Hemer-Sr

 

DE

Pat Muldoon-Sr

 

SLB

Ethan Armstrong-Sr

 

MLB

Chris Borland-Sr 

 

WLB

Derek Landisch-Jr

 

CB

..

 

CB

Darius Hillary-So

 

SS

Michael Trotter-Jr

 

FS

Dezmen Southward-Sr

 

P

Drew Meyer-Jr