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Wisconsin Badgers 2010-2011 Season Preview

2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 30
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 17

Fans of the Wisconsin Badgers are geared up for 2010 after the team recorded 10 wins last season, including a Champs Sports Bowl win over Miami. Head coach Bret Bielema returns along with 16 of his starters. The Badgers are looking to build on last year’s success and contend for a Big Ten title.

In any conversation about Wisconsin football, the first person to talk about is senior running back John Clay. The Big Ten offensive player of the year in 2009 rushed for a staggering 1,518 yards and 18 touchdowns. With all five starters from the offensive line returning, Clay is dreaming of a 2,000 yard season and a Heisman trophy.

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Senior quarterback Scott Tolzien is back for his second season as a starter after a decent initial campaign. The only problem with his game was his 11 interceptions, a number he will have to reduce for his team to be competitive. Wide receiver Nick Toon is back after leading the team with 805 receiving yards. The only offensive weapon missing from 2009 will be tight end Garrett Graham, the team leader in touchdown receptions with seven.

The Badgers’ defense was up and down in 2009. They didn’t give up a lot of yards, but still surrendered 22 points per game. They will be in an even worse position after the sack artist O’Brien Schofield has moved on. There is hope though. Wisconsin has two of the best young linebackers in the Big Ten in Chris Borland and Mike Taylor. Also, starting cornerbacks Niles Brinkley and Devin Smith return to provide leadership and experience. It could be a breakout year for junior defensive end Louis Nzegwu who recorded 3.5 sacks last year in backup duty.

With the powerful running game they have, the Badgers will be in every game this season. If the defense can hold up, they will again be close to 10 wins. If they can beat Ohio State at home, they will have a legitimate chance to win the Big Ten.

Wisconsin’s odds to win the Big Ten: +350

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