MADISON, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 17: Braelon Allen #0 of the Wisconsin Badgers scores on a 39-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the New Mexico State Aggies at Camp Randall Stadium on September 17, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

Wisconsin Football: What to Expect vs. Maryland in week 10

Wisconsin Football: What to Expect vs. Maryland in week 10

The Maryland Terrapins (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) will come into Camp Randall to face the Wisconsin Badgers (4-4. 2-3 Big Ten).  Both teams are coming off their bye and looking to string some wins together.  Wisconsin football has had twenty straight years of bowl eligibility and this will be a crucial game to keep them in the hunt for one. 

Here is what to expect…


Offensively

The Badgers should be able to move the ball through the air against Maryland.  Maryland is 13th in the Big Ten against the pass, allowing 260 yards a game.  Maryland is decent against the run, allowing 3.4 yards per carry, but I still expect Bobby to get Braelon Allen going early.  Last game against Purdue, the Badgers found success early on the ground with Allen, which opened up the rest of the offense.

Badgers also found great success by calling out sprint-out passes and letting Mertz throw from outside the pocket.  Graham Mertz has shown the ability to throw on the move, and I would expect a lot more of that this week against Maryland.  If the Badger’s offensive line can get established early, they should be able to move the ball at will.

Defensively

The Badgers are getting safety Hunter Wohler back from injury, and he will be a massive addition to the secondary this weekend.  The Maryland offense is as talented as a group you will watch on a Saturday.  Former five-star wide receiver Rakim Jarrett leads Maryland.  The Maryland group has five receivers with over 2o receptions.  Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa is an exciting player to watch.  Taulia has 13 touchdowns on the year, and the passing offense is third in the big ten with 283 yards per game.

Maryland has successfully run the ball, led by sophomore Roman Hemby, who is having a good year on the ground.  Roman is averaging 6.5 yards per touch this year.  If the Badgers cannot handle the run game early, it will lead to a long game.

The Badgers have underachieved in getting pressure on the quarterback, which will be huge in this game.  The Badgers will struggle defensively if they don’t get pressure and leave it up to the secondary to cover the talented group.  Nick Herbig should be back and good to go for the Badgers, which will help that pass rush.  This is the healthiest the Badgers defense will have been in a while.  Badgers need to make Maryland grind it out and not give up the big plays.  I expect Jim Leonhard to have a plan for this game, such as the Purdue game and the Badgers, to show up Saturday.

Conclusion

Expect this game to be a shootout.  The Badgers cannot afford to have their one-quarter stalls where they don’t move the ball well.  Both teams can move the ball and have struggled against the pass this year.  They both struggle to get pressure on the opposing quarterbacks.  The success for the Badgers will be by winning the time of possession and keeping Maryland’s offense off the field.  Expect big games from Graham Mertz and Taulia Tagovailoa.  This will be an exciting game come Saturday.


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