5 Reasons Why The Badgers Will Pull The Upset Over LSU Tonight

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Jan 1, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Gary Andersen during the second half of the Capital One Bowl against the South Carolina Gamecocks held at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

5. Wisconsin’s Quarterback Play

The Badgers underwent an intense quarterback competition over the summer. Sure LSU did, too, but not quite like this one. This quarterback competition involved an incumbent starter — and he lost the job. Joel Stave, Wisconsin’s current backup quarterback, threw for 22 touchdowns a year ago and showed many flashes of greatness, but won’t be under center tonight. That is how well Tanner McEvoy, the Badgers’ current starting quarterback, has been playing in practice. He’s ready. He’s Andersen’s guy and he’s going to run the ball. LSU isn’t getting the same old Wisconsin play-action, drop back in the pocket passer. No, they’ll be getting a healthy dose of raw athletic ability with the potential to break long runs. Andersen’s ideal offense involves a mobile quarterback and I’m betting he’s going to sprinkle in some option tonight, too.

LSU’s new quarterback Anthony Jennings threw for one touchdown and one interception a year ago in a mostly backup role. Maybe he’ll have an alright game, but McEvoy will be the superior quarterback by the time the clock hits zero. The Tigers are going to attempt to showcase their newest toy (and future Heisman candidate) Fournette, but they won’t have the quarterback play necessary to keep Wisconsin’s defense honest. The same cannot be said of the Badgers’ offense, they’re ready to roll.