mickjagger
Saturday, 10/6/18

Nebraska (0-5) at #12 - #16 Wisconsin (3-1)

Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI

Kick-off:  6:30 p.m. CDT

Television:  Big Ten Network (BTN)

Spread:  Wisconsin favored by 20 points

This game should provide redshirt frosh QB Danny Vanden Boom & the Badger back-ups & reserves  to get some more game experience in the 4th qtr.

I say Danny Vanden Boom at QB, assuming the Badgers are going forward with their plan to red-shirt sophomore QB Jack Coan.


On Wisconsin !
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db11
Hadn't realized this was a night game.

This is gonna be closer than it should be I reckon.
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mickjagger wrote:
Saturday, 10/6/18

Nebraska (0-5) at #12 - #16 Wisconsin (3-1)

Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI

Kick-off:  6:30 p.m. CDT

Television:  Big Ten Network (BTN)

Spread:  Wisconsin favored by 20 points

This game should provide redshirt frosh QB Danny Vanden Boom & the Badger back-ups & reserves  to get some more game experience in the 4th qtr.

I say Danny Vanden Boom at QB, assuming the Badgers are going forward with their plan to red-shirt sophomore QB Jack Coan.


On Wisconsin !
Pre-Game Notes - Injury Report

Redshirt freshman Deron Harrell, who earned his first career start against Iowa, is now listed as a co-starter at cornerback with sophomore Caesar Williams on UW's depth chart.

Outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel (right leg) and cornerback Faion Hicks (right arm) are among those questionable to play Saturday against Nebraska.

Van Ginkel suffered his injury early in the Badgers' loss to BYU on Sept. 15 before playing five snaps the following week at Iowa.

Running back Bradrick Shaw (left leg), tight end Luke Benzschawel (right leg) and inside linebacker Mike Maskalunas (right leg) are also listed as questionable this week, while inside linebacker Griffin Grady (right leg) will remain out.

 Tight end Zander Neuville, who missed the majority of the past two games with a right leg injury, is no longer listed on the UW's injury report.

Michigan kickoff time announced

The Badgers will continue their trend of playing under the lights next week when they travel to Michigan.

UW and the Wolverines are set for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff at Michigan Stadium on Oct. 13, with ABC televising the game.

It marks the Badgers' third straight night game and fourth overall in their first six contests.

 
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db11
Neuville hurt his knee in practice earlier this week and is now done for the year...and likely his Badgers career.

Luke Benzschawel will return this week.

https://madison.com/wsj/sports/college/football/badgers-tight-end-zander-neuville-out-for-season-after-suffering/article_5b5a5132-914a-5cbd-bb10-5b537642c3d6.html
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db11 wrote:
Neuville hurt his knee in practice earlier this week and is now done for the year...and likely his Badgers career.

Luke Benzschawel will return this week.

https://madison.com/wsj/sports/college/football/badgers-tight-end-zander-neuville-out-for-season-after-suffering/article_5b5a5132-914a-5cbd-bb10-5b537642c3d6.html


Can little Benzy pose as a receiving threat?  Otherwise this is gonna be a season-long issue.  Penniston has proven he CAN'T block well, and Fergy is still a work in progress.  Having Neuville made a big difference as you know he was a strong blocker and still posed as a receiving threat.  
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mickjagger
Nebraska tailback Greg Bell has reportedly quit the Cornhuskers' Football team & will not travel to Madison, WI this weekend for the Cornhuskers' Saturday night match-up with the Badgers:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/ncaafb/report-nebraska-rb-bell-won%e2%80%99t-travel-to-wisconsin-considering-transfer/ar-BBNZSY4
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Can little Benzy pose as a receiving threat?  Otherwise this is gonna be a season-long issue.  Penniston has proven he CAN'T block well, and Fergy is still a work in progress.  Having Neuville made a big difference as you know he was a strong blocker and still posed as a receiving threat.  


I wouldnt be surprised to see Biadsc(spell) moved out to play some TE if Ferguson  and Penninston dont handle it well. Fergusun will certainly play alot because he gets open and helps open up the rest of the passing game.  Might be Dieter instead of Biadsc. Whoever Chryst feels is the most athletic. I think the team has enough TE depth, but using an O-lineman isnt out of the question either.
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Still feeling (unnecessarily?) nervous about this one. Hopefully playing under the lights is a better motivator than whatever it was for the first three home games.
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41-24 win with 500+ yards of offense, but this defense is not going to help them beat any good teams in its current, heavily-injured form. Probably wasn't gonna beat them regardless. Nelson got ejected for targeting, and then Dixon suffered a leg/knee late that didn't look good. Already down to backups on the outside. Front seven looked like they were holding blocking dummies in the second half. Leonhard's star falling big-time.
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db11 wrote:
41-24 win with 500+ yards of offense, but this defense is not going to help them beat any good teams in its current, heavily-injured form. Probably wasn't gonna beat them regardless. Nelson got ejected for targeting, and then Dixon suffered a leg/knee late that didn't look good. Already down to backups on the outside. Front seven looked like they were holding blocking dummies in the second half. Leonhard's star falling big-time.
Worst defensive performance by a UW team in years other than the last season's Big 10 Championship game vs Ohio St when the Buckeyes hit the Badgers with 3 big scoring plays in the 1st half (the Badger D settled down in the 2nd half of that game).

Saturday night, Nebraska rolled up 518 total yards, 407 of it coming in the air.  The Badgers looked completely unprepared for the 'Huskers' offensive scheme.   Adrian Martinez looked like the best frosh in the league, if not for some guy named Haskins.

   UW's offensive tackles struggled all night in pass protection.  I still don't get what the big deal is about  David Edwards ... he can't pass block .... Jon Dietzen can't either.

The secondary is in disarray now.  I defended them to begin the season ... but the injuries are killing 'em. Cornerbacks Caesar Williams, Faion Hicks and Deron Harrel  are each injured to some degree & senior strong safety D'Cota Dixon apparently suffered a leg injury late in Saturday night's game.  Free safety Scott Nelson had a horrible game Saturday night, getting burned in 1 on 1 in coverage for 2 long passes by Martinez-to-JD Spielman, one for a 75-yd TD.  And, then, to top it off, Nelson got ejected for an unnecessary, frustration hit along the sidelines and consequently put the Badgers' defense in the hole for the 1st half of next Saturday night's game at Michigan.

The Badgers greatly miss Andrew Van Ginkle's presence at OLB, coming of the edge on the pass rush.  Zach Baun is improving.

If Michigan's defense is everything everybody say it is, and UW's defense doesn't grow up overnight (unlikely), the Badgers could be in for a long, embarrassing night next Saturday in Ann Arbor.

First Downs:  UW-26 ... NE-26
Passing Yards:  UW-163 ... NE-407
Rushing Yards:  UW-370 ... NE-111
Total Yards:  UW-533 ... NE-518
3rd Downs:  UW-6/12 ... NE-3/10
Time of Possession:  UW-35:33 ... NE-24:27

Jonathan Taylor:  24 rushing attempts, 221 yards, 9.2 yards per carry, 3 TD's

Alex Hornibrook:  24 passing attempts, 13 completions, 163 yards, I TD, 0 INT's

Game Recap: 
https://uwbadgers.com/boxscore.aspx?id=8301&path=football

Box Score and Individual & Stats:
https://uwbadgers.com/boxscore.aspx?id=8301&path=football
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Worst defensive performance by a UW team in years other than the last season's Big 10 Championship game vs Ohio St when the Buckeyes hit the Badgers with 3 big scoring plays in the 1st half (the Badger D settled down in the 2nd half of that game).

Saturday night, Nebraska rolled up 518 total yards, 407 of it coming in the air.  The Badgers looked completely unprepared for the 'Huskers' offensive scheme.   Adrian Martinez looked like the best frosh in the league, if not for some guy named Haskins.

   UW's offensive tackles struggled all night in pass protection.  I still don't get what the big deal is about  David Edwards ... he can't pass block .... Jon Dietzen can't either.

The secondary is in disarray now.  I defended them to begin the season ... but the injuries are killing 'em. Cornerbacks Caesar Williams, Faion Hicks and Deron Harrel  are each injured to some degree & senior strong safety D'Cota Dixon apparently suffered a leg injury late in Saturday night's game.  Free safety Scott Nelson had a horrible game Saturday night, getting burned in 1 on 1 in coverage for 2 long passes by Martinez-to-JD Spielman, one for a 75-yd TD.  And, then, to top it off, Nelson got ejected for an unnecessary, frustration hit along the sidelines and consequently put the Badgers' defense in the hole for the 1st half of next Saturday night's game at Michigan.

The Badgers greatly miss Andrew Van Ginkle's presence at OLB, coming of the edge on the pass rush.  Zach Baun is improving.

If Michigan's defense is everything everybody say it is, and UW's defense doesn't grow up overnight (unlikely), the Badgers could be in for a long, embarrassing night next Saturday in Ann Arbor.

First Downs:  UW-26 ... NE-26
Passing Yards:  UW-163 ... NE-407
Rushing Yards:  UW-370 ... NE-111
Total Yards:  UW-533 ... NE-518
3rd Downs:  UW-6/12 ... NE-3/10
Time of Possession:  UW-35:33 ... NE-24:27

Jonathan Taylor:  24 rushing attempts, 221 yards, 9.2 yards per carry, 3 TD's

Alex Hornibrook:  24 passing attempts, 13 completions, 163 yards, I TD, 0 INT's

Game Recap: 
https://uwbadgers.com/boxscore.aspx?id=8301&path=football

Box Score and Individual & Stats:
https://uwbadgers.com/boxscore.aspx?id=8301&path=football


I look at it this way: the defensive backfield cant really play much worse. Yeah, some guys had some injuries; but the defensive backfield was flat out getting BEAT.  I know Nelson is a good- possibly great player, but he played horriibly AND the team won. Dixon had a poor game too and failed to make a few tackles. Had some 'push' from the front 7, but that will have to improve to. Was surprised how much Neb ran on the Wisconsin defense - missed tackles and guys out of position contributed alot to that. I suspect Leonhard can correct much of this. He has to if they expect to or plan to beat Michigan. I am not surprised at all - I figured it would take time to get a defense even CLOSE to what they had from 2015-2017.

Hornibrook was a bit off at times, but made the big plays. Fergusun is going to be all-big 10 and possibly one on of the all-american teams(3rd?) if he continues. A few drops by receivers didnt help either. Bucky won a game without playing it's best. Didnt expect to see the mistakes they made at a home game. Looked like Leonhard looked at alot of defensive players - which is good.  Grochek is extremely under - rated and Deal is very solid too. I would like to see the inside reverse run a bit more with Davis or Pryor.
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I look at it this way: the defensive backfield cant really play much worse. Yeah, some guys had some injuries; but the defensive backfield was flat out getting BEAT.  I know Nelson is a good- possibly great player, but he played horriibly AND the team won. Dixon had a poor game too and failed to make a few tackles. Had some 'push' from the front 7, but that will have to improve to. Was surprised how much Neb ran on the Wisconsin defense - missed tackles and guys out of position contributed alot to that. I suspect Leonhard can correct much of this. He has to if they expect to or plan to beat Michigan. I am not surprised at all - I figured it would take time to get a defense even CLOSE to what they had from 2015-2017.

Hornibrook was a bit off at times, but made the big plays. Fergusun is going to be all-big 10 and possibly one on of the all-american teams(3rd?) if he continues. A few drops by receivers didnt help either. Bucky won a game without playing it's best. Didnt expect to see the mistakes they made at a home game. Looked like Leonhard looked at alot of defensive players - which is good.  Grochek is extremely under - rated and Deal is very solid too. I would like to see the inside reverse run a bit more with Davis or Pryor.


It appeared to me that Nelson 'pulled' up a bit and hit the offensive guy more with his chest. I realize if any of the helmet touched - he was going to get the penalty and tossed. Guys have to 're-learn' the art of playing defense. When you get to the sidelines - everything chances. No reason to drive guys out or hit them hard IF they are going no where except out of bounds. Probably is almost a natural instinct for most defensive players unfortunately. Nelson is the absolute LAST guy Bucky needs to miss the 1st half of the Michigan game.  Michigan will pass the ball right up the gut now. Leonhard is going to have to come up with better/different schemes to get pressure on the Michigan QB.
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Here's where Patrick Johnson quitting before the season is gonna hurt a lot.  Everyone was so high on Scott Nelson, but he misses soooo many tackles and has blown plenty of coverages.  He's playing like a freshman, just like the rest of the secondary.  I really have no idea how UW is gonna slow Michigan's O down.   The only way we have hope of winning against Michigan and not embarrassing ourselves on national tv is for the offense to be impeccable and have very few penalties, and score on most drives while controlling the clock.
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Here's where Patrick Johnson quitting before the season is gonna hurt a lot.  Everyone was so high on Scott Nelson, but he misses soooo many tackles and has blown plenty of coverages.  He's playing like a freshman, just like the rest of the secondary.  I really have no idea how UW is gonna slow Michigan's O down.   The only way we have hope of winning against Michigan and not embarrassing ourselves on national tv is for the offense to be impeccable and have very few penalties, and score on most drives while controlling the clock.


Nelson has gotten away from wrapping up with his tackles.  I cant even count the number of times Nelson didnt get his arms out and try to contain/wrapup on tackles. I always saw Patrick Johnson as a 'head' case, so whether he would be a help is questionable. He would certainly be another body. Apparently he wasnt willing to work his way into the starting lineup. It is always easier to quit than to come back and work harder and improve to the point the coaches HAVE to play you.  The team doesnt miss guys like Johnson - last kind of mentality that is needed for a team sport.

 Nelson has certainly blown coverages  too often - not sure it is because he missed his reads or he just flat out got zipped.
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Nelson has gotten away from wrapping up with his tackles.  I cant even count the number of times Nelson didnt get his arms out and try to contain/wrapup on tackles. I always saw Patrick Johnson as a 'head' case, so whether he would be a help is questionable. He would certainly be another body. Apparently he wasnt willing to work his way into the starting lineup. It is always easier to quit than to come back and work harder and improve to the point the coaches HAVE to play you.  The team doesnt miss guys like Johnson - last kind of mentality that is needed for a team sport.

 Nelson has certainly blown coverages  too often - not sure it is because he missed his reads or he just flat out got zipped.


Johnson left the team for personal issues that some think may be related to injuries.

I think you're thinking of Dontye Carriere-Williams, who left after not being named the starter.
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