Badgers Preview: Maryland vs. Wisconsin
Wisconsin Badgers developed a new target on their back after last week’s craziness. Wisconsin is one of eight remaining unbeaten teams. Not to be a John Madden, but if Wisconsin keeps winning, that target is going to grow. Last Saturday, we saw the first real struggle from this team for a full game. They were lucky to survive Purdue, but they did just that moving on to Maryland. Last time the Terps came to Camp Randall, it was an absolute slaughter. It looks like it might be the same this time around.
Can Jonathan Taylor go off for 200 again? – Wisconsin’s freshman running back Jonathan Taylor has a chance to rush for 200 yards in his third consecutive game and his fourth for the season. There is zero Heisman buzz about him at this moment. Is that fair? Not really. He’s on an amazing run, but this happens to freshman on that stage. It takes awhile for the media to truly buy in. Also what doesn’t help Taylor is this is the year of the running back with Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and Stanford’s Bryce Love getting all of the attention. Bad news for Maryland as they’re currently 82nd in the country against the run.
Containing D.J. Moore – Even though Maryland is a fringe bowl team, they do have some talent especially at the wide receiver position. D.J. Moore is a complete stud, and the best receiver Wisconsin has faced this season. He’s 5’11 with speed for days. Moore had over 200 yards in receiving versus Northwestern with 12 catches. Maryland plans to feed him the ball. This will be a good test for Derrick Tindall Jr. and company.
Badgers bit by injury bug – Like their professional counterpart in the state, Wisconsin is going through a little rash of injuries at the moment. They will not have big defensive end Isaiah Loudmilk for this one as well as Jazz Peavy and six other Badgers with freshman Danny Davis questionable. You don’t want to take teams for granted, but this is a good couple weeks to get your team healthy before November rolls around where the competition is very stiff.
Prediction: I like Wisconsin here in a big way. I think last week’s game feels more like a loss to this team, and they’re going to be seeking a little retribution. Maryland’s defense cannot stop a cold giving up over 30 points in four of their six games this season. Badgers keep Moore in check and roll. UW 49-17