Five Keys to Victory - Wisconsin vs. Rutgers

Five Keys to Victory - Wisconsin vs. Rutgers

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Five Keys to Victory - Wisconsin vs. Rutgers

Despite having virtually no chance to play for a Big Ten championship this year, Wisconsin football still has a lot to play for in the final month of the regular season. Wisconsin has been a strong team under Paul Chryst in the month of November, compiling a 10-1 record. Wisconsin (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) will have a chance to improve on its November record when they host Rutgers (1-7, 0-5), a team that hasn’t won a game since September 1.

For Wisconsin, here are the five things they need to do to beat Rutgers (besides show up).

1, Wisconsin’s Success on the Ground

Jonathan Taylor had one of the worst games of his careers last weekend, as his 46 rushing yards was the fewest since being held to 41 yards in last year’s Big Ten title game against Ohio State. In order for Wisconsin to generate an offensive rhythm against Rutgers, Taylor needs to play to his level against a defense that’s allowing 227.2 rushing yards over Big Ten play.

With Taylor fumbling twice last week, he can expect Rutgers’ defense (five forced fumbles on the season) to look for a way to strip the ball loose. Taylor’s two fumbles came in Wisconsin territory and Northwestern’s offense took advantage of his mistakes. If Taylor can rebound and protect the ball, he’ll help Wisconsin strike the balance it needs against a defense that’s allowing 420.4 yards of total offense over conference play.

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