Who Are The Most Important Badgers Against Rutgers?

Who Are The Most Important Badgers Against Rutgers?

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Who Are The Most Important Badgers Against Rutgers?

Saturday was a game to forget about for Wisconsin, as little went right in a road loss to Northwestern. The good news is that Wisconsin (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) gets to return to friendlier confines in Camp Randall as they prepare to play Rutgers (1-7, 0-5) for the third time in school history. Wisconsin has won the previous two matchups by an average of 37.5 points per game.

With Rutgers entering Madison coming off of a bye week, the Scarlet Knights will look to snap a seven-game skid after their latest 18-15 loss to Northwestern. In order for Wisconsin to bounce back on Saturday, the Badgers will need to generate some kind of rhythm against a Rutgers team that struggles mightily on both the offensive and defensive end.

The rankings for the Front Seven are determined based on performance from last week, expectations this coming week and need. Here are our seven players most important in helping the Badgers to a victory over Rutgers.

Last Week’s Rankings in Parentheses:

7, Cornerback Rachad Wildgoose (4)

Rutgers is 13th in Big Ten conference play in passing yards per game, averaging a paltry 122.8 yards per contest. The Scarlet Knights are starting true freshman Artur Sitkowski, who has thrown three touchdowns and a gaudy 15 interceptions in eight games, including four games of at least three picks. With Sitkowski going through growing pains as a true freshman, Wildgoose should have the opportunities to make plays on the football. Wildgoose has yet to register an interception this year but his two pass breakups are tied for the team lead over Big Ten play. If Wildgoose can consistently put himself in a good position to make a play on the ball, he will be counted on to help create an extra offensive possession for Wisconsin’s offense.

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