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: Studs and Duds vs. Maryland

Wisconsin has never lost to Maryland and that trend would continue this Saturday. In what was a windy, rainy, ugly November game in Madison. The Badgers were able to pull out the win, 23-10. Here are some studs and duds from the win. 

Studs

Offensive Line

The offensive line has received some much-deserved criticism throughout this season. As of late, they have completely turned around their production and today showed that. On the first touchdown drive, the offensive line completely dominated Maryland’s defense. With the weather being an issue today, Wisconsin had to win the line-of-scrimmage battle and the offensive line did just that. 

Rushing Attack

With the weather today, it was a no-brainer that Wisconsin’s rushing attack was gonna be the fuel to the offense. Maryland knew that and it still didn’t matter. Highlighted by an 89-yard touchdown run from Isaac Guerendo, Wisconsin rushed for 278 yards on 46 attempts.

Defense

Wisconsin’s defense is getting better by the week. Maryland is one of the better offenses in the Big Ten and the badgers dominated them today. The Badgers have seemed to find the answer to the Inside Linebacker position with a multitude of guys stepping up their play. The safety group is clicking with the addition of Hunter Wohler back in the lineup who had an interception. Keeanu Benton is as dominant as ever, Nick Herbig was flying around today, and this group seems to be clicking at the right time. 

Maryland didn’t have a first down until the second quarter. Tagovalioa was under pressure on nearly every snap he took. Outside of a garbage time drive from the Terrapins, the Badger defense dominated this game. Giving up just 10 points and only 189 yards to a high-powered offense. 

Duds

Penalties

It’s hard to find something to nitpick about when the Badgers dominate a game like they did today. One thing that has plagued them all season is the penalties. They are in the top 3 in the Big Ten when it comes to penalty yardage per game and today we even saw a sideline infraction cost them 15 yards. Certainly, an area that Wisconsin will want to clean up as the year goes on. 

Graham Mertz

In my opinion, Mertz has been fantastic this season. With the weather today, I didn’t expect much from him in terms of numbers. Mertz finished 5/18 with just 77 yards, but aside from the poor numbers, he had a couple of questionable throws that looked like the old Graham. A few that could’ve been intercepted, he’s gotta shake off this poor performance and have a short memory.

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How to watch: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Maryland Terrapins

How to watch, listen, and stream the Wisconsin Badgers vs. Maryland Terrapins

The Wisconsin Badgers (4-4, 2-3 Big Ten) will host the Maryland Terrapins (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) on Saturday.

Both teams are coming off of a bye week and took some time to get healthy. The Badgers will have Hunter Wohler returning from injury. Conversely, Taulia Tagovailoa will be available for the Terrapins after an injury before their bye week.

The Badgers and Terrapins both enter Saturday’s game with solid production from their running backs. With both teams averaging 171 yards per game on the ground, the running backs will be a group to watch.

The Badgers are looking to keep their bowl game streak alive. They will need to finish strong in the final stretch with just four games remaining. Wisconsin is the favorite in this game, but they must stop a high-level passing attack with Tagovailoa at the helm.

Let’s take a look at where you can watch, listen, and stream Saturday’s Big Ten showdown.

Where: Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin

When: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. CST

Where to watch: BTN

Where to stream: Fox Sports App or foxsports.com/live

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Analyst: Mike Lucas


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Wisconsin Badgers vs. Maryland Terrapins: What to watch for

The Wisconsin Badgers (4-4, 2-3 Big Ten) will host the Maryland Terrapins (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) on Saturday morning.

The Badgers are coming off a bye week, giving them plenty of time to get healthy before the season’s final stretch. Wisconsin is looking to secure a victory to keep its bowl game streak alive.

Here are some items to watch for in Saturday’s Big Ten Showdown.

Can the Wisconsin Badgers shut down Maryland’s passing attack?

Maryland comes into Saturday’s contest with a high-level passing offense. The Terrapins are averaging 283 yards per game through the air, landing in the top 30 for most passing yards per game.

Taulia Tagovailoa has spread the ball well this season. So far, the junior quarterback has logged 2,001 yards through the air to go along with 13 touchdowns.

Tagovailoa suffered an injury in his game against Northwestern but is expected to be a go this week. It remains to be seen if he’ll have any lingering symptoms from his injury that could limit him on Saturday.

Conversely, Hunter Wohler is off of the injury report for the Badgers. Wohler is a massive addition to the Badgers’ secondary, giving them some help against Tagovailoa.

Wisconsin’s secondary will be a key group to watch in Saturday’s contest as they attempt to piggyback off the impressive performance against the Purdue Boilermakers prior to the bye week.

Who will win the battle on the ground?

The Badgers and Terrapins both have dynamic running back rooms. With both teams averaging the same yards per game on the ground, the running backs will be a key group to watch.

Wisconsin’s running back room of Braelon Allen and Isaac Guerendo excelled in week eight against Purdue. The backs combined for 178 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.

Maryland’s running backs have also had standout seasons. Antwain Littleton and Roman Hemby have produced well on the ground, combining for an average of 171 yards per game.

Both teams have a dynamic duo in the backfield. The Badgers and Terrapins are both averaging 171 yards per game on the ground this year, making the rushing battle a key item to watch.

Will the tight ends be involved in the passing game with two TEs returning from injury?

The Wisconsin Badgers had a much-needed bye week this past week, and they were able to get healthy with that week off. Hayden Rucci and Cole Dakovich are no longer listed on the injury report. This is big news for Wisconsin after playing with thin depth at the tight end spot.

At this point, Rucci is a game-time decision, but his return from the injury report is a good sign. Rucci has appeared in five games for the Badgers this year. In those appearances, he hauled in four catches for 47 yards. If he is a go on Saturday, it will be interesting to see if he will be involved in the passing game.

Graham Mertz has often involved his tight ends through the air in his three years as a starter. Keep an eye on the passing game on Saturday and if the tight ends become involved.

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Wisconsin Badgers vs. Purdue Boilermakers: What to watch for

The Wisconsin Badgers (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten) will host the Purdue Boilermakers (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) on Saturday afternoon.

Coming off of a heartbreaking loss to the Michigan State Spartans, Wisconsin is looking to turn it around and continue to fight for a spot in a bowl game.

Here are some items to watch for in Saturday’s Big Ten showdown.

Can the Wisconsin Badgers shut down Purdue’s passing attack?

Purdue comes into this game with a high-level passing offense. The Boilermakers are averaging the 17th most passing yards in the country, with 312 yards per game.

Quarterback Aiden O’Connell has excelled through the air this season. The senior quarterback has posted 1,950 yards through the air this season, the 15th most in the country. Additionally, he’s thrown for 14 touchdowns with five interceptions. O’Connell was named the co-Big Ten Player of the Week last week and will head into Saturday looking to continue his impressive performances.

The Badgers will get one of their starting corners back in action with Cedrick Dort returning from injury. However, their most dynamic defender in the secondary, Hunter Wohler, is still listed as out.

Wisconsin needs a big performance from their secondary after a tough game against Michigan State. How the defense responds will be a key item to watch on Saturday.

Will the Wisconsin Badgers air it out against a subpar Boilermakers secondary?

The Boilermakers have been excellent in the passing game this season. However, the pass defense isn’t at the same level.

On the season, Purdue has allowed an average of 274 yards per game. That marks them as the 103rd pass defense in the country. Last week against Nebraska, the Boilermakers’ secondary allowed Casey Thompson to throw for 354 yards. The poor pass defense is something the Badgers could take advantage of.

Wisconsin struggled to move the ball through the air last weekend, with Graham Mertz throwing for just 131 yards. If the Badgers are looking to get down the field, attacking through the air may reap some benefits. Mertz has found a solid connection with wide receiver Chimere Dike in the past few weeks. If Mertz can find his favorite target early and often, the Badgers may be able to come away with a victory.

After a below-average performance last weekend, the Badgers’ passing game will be an item to watch for.

Will Isaac Guerendo have a more significant role?

Guerendo has seen limited action in 2022 in the backfield. The senior running back has logged 23 carries for 94 yards and three touchdowns this season.

Guerendo has primarily served as the Badgers’ kick returner. He’s done well in that role, notching 371 yards on 15 return opportunities. However, after the injury to Chez Mellusi, he’s now listed as the second running back on the depth chart.

Braelon Allen carried the workload for the running backs last week against Michigan State. Guerendo logged just two carries for two yards in the matchup. Against Purdue, will we see Guerendo take on a larger role in the backfield?

While Guerendo has been a reliable option on special teams, he could be helpful to the rushing attack with Allen as a tandem. Keep an eye on Guerendo on Saturday and if he will get more rushing opportunities.

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