Wisconsin Football vs. Alabama: Position-by-Position Matchups

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Apr 18, 2015; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Cam Robinson (74) blocks Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman D.J. Pettway (57) during the annual A-day game at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Line

Lead by studs Ryan Kelly and Cam Johnson, Alabama should have a very powerful offensive line. They will be deep, and won’t allow much of pass rush. There are a few question marks, particularly at right guard, but not nearly as much as Wisconsin has.

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Tyler Marz is a star. Dan Voltz is also very good when healthy. Other than that, there are a lot of question marks. Usually, offensive lines take a while to really gel, and unfortunately, inexperienced guys like Jon Dietzen and Hayden Biegel will be thrown right in to the fire. They’ll have to learn quickly. Otherwise, it could be a long game. Put simply, this Wisconsin offensive line is not at the level we are used to seeing.

Edge: Alabama (Tie 2-2)

Defensive Line

Remember the Ohio State defensive line that destroyed all our hopes and dreams in a 58-0 shutout last year? Yeah, well this Alabama one is even better. They are big. They are fast. They are talented. They are deep. Their three starters all have a chance to be drafted high in the 2016 NFL Draft. Wisconsin’s young defensive line has potential, but they have nowhere near the talent of Nick Saban’s monsters up front.

Edge: Alabama (Bama 3-2)

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