The match-up at Camp Randall this Saturday is building quietly into a good one.
Set aside the story lines that connect coach Gary Andersen and his former Utah battling mates, and what you find are two football teams looking to trampoline their season towards a BCS Bowl Game.
Looking at the match-ups, there are arguments on both sides of the football. Here are the three good reasons why Wisconsin wins this game, Saturday.
3 – James White & Melvin Gordon: For the sake of not using up two spots, I’ve grouped these two guys together as one.
While the two-headed TD-dancing fools have exploded into the ranks of the best in all of FBS this season, they’ve done so behind one of the most unnoticed offensive lines in recent memory. After last weekend’s second-half takeover of their Big Ten battle with Iowa, there is no reason to believe this duo doesn’t somehow again combine for a big day. EDGE: Wisconsin
2 – UW’s D-Line: They showed last week that in the face of some adversity, this is one of the toughest front-lines in all of the Big Ten. Without Tyler Dippel up front and Chris Borland behind them, the group of Pat Mulldoon, Ethan Hemer, Beau Allen and the host of linebackers behind them stymied the Hawkeyes and held them out of the endzone for 48-minutes. Something they took stock in this week and will look to build upon, Saturday. They will still be without the services of Dippel this weekend, but Borland’s return can only mean the team builds on last week’s performance and holds down a tough pair of running backs ( ) , solid QB ( ) and great WR ( ).
1 – Here is the best and most imposing reason Wisconsin wins this game, Saturday. CAMP RANDALL: Saturday will mark 28 long days since Bucky’s been at home in front of 80,000-plus screaming Wisconsinites … Absence only makes the heart grow fonder and everyone in the great Madison area will feel the effects of the longer-than-normal layoff. Call me crazy, but come the end of the third quarter, more than just Camp Randall will be shaking as it’s been one of the longest stretches in recent memory that UW’s student section has gone without their weekly dose of “Jump Around”.
PREDICTION: UW wins going away in this one, 45-24 Badgers.