Wisconsin's 5 Keys To Beating New Mexico

Wisconsin's 5 Keys To Beating New Mexico

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Wisconsin's 5 Keys To Beating New Mexico

With a new season comes new opportunity for certain players. Nine Wisconsin players made their first career starts, not to mention 18 players made their Badger debuts.

But like the rest of the team, Paul Chryst will have an expectation to see how his team responds now that classes have started, and what kind of jumps each player has made since Wisconsin won its season opener last week Friday against WKU.

Here are the five keys to a Wisconsin victory against New Mexico on Saturday.

5. Continue to be Consistent on Third Down

Alex Hornibrook had the time he needed in the pocket to keep Wisconsin’s offensive drives alive finishing the game 7-for-10 resulting in 120 yards on third down passing.

That type of performance will be needed again as his ability to locate his intended target will allow Wisconsin to control the clock, possessing the football for 34 minutes and three seconds.

Hornibrook will get assistance from Wisconsin’s ground game to help set up manageable third downs. New Mexico held Incarnate Word to 33.3 percent (5-for-15) on third down but the Badgers will present a bigger challenge as the Badgers will have matchup advantages. If Wisconsin can take advantage like it did last week should allow Wisconsin to build the lead it needs over New Mexico.   

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