Wisconsin offensive line vs. the Central Michigan defensive line
The Wisconsin football offensive line will always be a huge matchup in any game they play. The line is a huge reason Wisconsin has successful running backs year after year. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have someone like Jonathan Taylor lining up in the backfield.
When this Wisconsin offensive line has a good game, this offense usually goes right along with it. Last week, they had a good week. The line paved the way for Wisconsin running backs to run for 234 yards and Jack Coan to throw for 199 yards. They did allow three sacks, but that’s not bad considering how good the offense looked.
As the game went on, some of the starters were pulled and the line didn’t miss a beat. This week they will be without right tackle Logan Bruss, who suffered an injured left leg. Look for senior David Moorman to step in. Luckily for Wisconsin, the Chippewas failed to register a sack against Albany last week. If Wisconsin can keep Jack Coan clean in the pocket, he should have time to pick apart the secondary.
This defensive line needs to help control the line of scrimmage to allow the linebackers to stop Taylor. If the Chippewas are going to stun the Badgers at Camp Randall, they will need to win the matchup in the trenches and get after Jack Coan to give those inexperienced corners some help.
This matchup heavily favors Wisconsin. They are 35 point favorite this weekend and have a 97.4% chance of winning according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. I think Wisconsin will win all of these matchups this weekend and win this game handily.
All stats courtesy of Sports Reference