Who Are The Most Important Badgers Against Minnesota?

Who Are The Most Important Badgers Against Minnesota?

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Who Are The Most Important Badgers Against Minnesota?

Wisconsin was able to win a thriller in West Lafayette to extend their current win streak over Purdue to 13 games. The Badgers (7-4, 5-3 Big Ten) now turn their attention to their final regular season game against Minnesota (5-6, 2-6), a program they have beat for 14 straight seasons.

With Wisconsin being able to spoil Purdue’s senior day, the Badgers will look to send out the 16 members senior class for Wisconsin out with a victory over the Gophers. Like Wisconsin, Minnesota will come in highly motivated to win its final regular season game to spoil Wisconsin’s season day, become bowl eligible for the first time since 2016 and get Paul Bunyan’s Axe back for the first time since 2003.

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 Minnesota.

Last Week’s Rankings in Parentheses

7, Inside Linebacker T.J. Edwards (NR)

Edwards tied for the team lead in tackles with Andrew Van Ginkel with 10 stops (9 solo) against Purdue, carrying on his reputation for being a steady tackler throughout his career. Currently leading the team with 86 tackles, four shy from setting a new season high, Edwards will be relied on to slow down Minnesota’s rushing attack. Minnesota is led by Mohamed Ibrahim, who has registered 815 yards this season. Over the last three weeks, Ibrahim has rushed for an average of 117 yards per game on an average of 18.6 carries per game. Edwards over Big Ten play has been able to consistently shoot the gap to make sure opposing Big Ten running backs can’t consistently pick up positive yards, as his 10.5 tackles for loss leads the team.

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