Week 4 vs Northwestern
This Badger fan definitely still has a bad taste in his mouth after last season’s ugly defeat at the hands of the Wildcats in Evanston. However, as with the matchup with Michigan, I’m anticipating Wisconsin coming out and playing with some extra fire to put the Wildcats back in their place in the Big Ten West this season.
As if often the case when these programs collide, I would expect this contest to be a rock fight, and the game will be decided by whoever wins the battle between two solid defenses. Whichever offense is able to string together a couple of big plays will be the squad that wins, and in comparing the playmakers on each side, my edge goes to the Badgers there.
Northwestern returns some nice pieces at receiver and running back and brings in former 5-star recruit Hunter Johnson from Clemson under center, but Wisconsin has some of the most dynamic threats at their position in the Big Ten in Jonathan Taylor and Jake Ferguson, and the Badgers have the better wide receiver group here as well.
Another nail-biter, but I’m taking Bucky.
Wisconsin 17 – Northwestern 13
Coming off a loss against Michigan, the Badgers will be hungry and are facing the defending Big Ten West champs. Last season Wisconsin had to go to Ryan Field and lost 31-17. The Badgers will be looking for revenge when the Wildcats come to Camp Randall.
With Clayton Thorson graduating, the Wildcats will have a new quarterback, likely the sophomore transfer from Clemson, Hunter Johnson. Johnson, a former 5-star recruit, will be looking to lead Northwestern back to the Big Ten Championship game.
I think this will be your typical Wisconsin-Northwestern matchup. A low-scoring slugfest that will likely come down to the last couple of possession to decide this one. Ultimately, I think Wisconsin pulls this one off at home.
Wisconsin 17 – Northwestern 10