Wisconsin opens up Week 6 with their last non-conference opponent in the Kent State Golden Flashes from the MAC. It will be a nice little breather after a tough division game against Northwestern and with three ranked opponents in their next four games it will be needed. The Kent State coach, Sean Lewis is making his return to Wisconsin after playing for them from 2004-2007.
Wisconsin had problems with a Northwestern team that hasn’t looked particularly good this season and raises some questions following the big win against Michigan. The biggest question for the Badgers is and has been what can they do offensively when Jonathan Taylor is bottled up. Jack Coan has answered those questions until last week. This game will be another confidence booster for Coan as the Badgers will have little trouble moving the ball.
Kent State is allowing over 260 yards a game on defense, which will be problematic with Wisconsin’s notoriously good run offense. Jonathan Taylor should have as big of a game as the coaches allow as this game could be over by halftime. Taylor, who is seemingly breaking records every game this season should be able to boost his Heisman value this game, but the most important aspect of this game will be health.
The Badgers defense is one of the best in the country and has athletes at all positions. They have yet to really show any weakness and have created more turnovers the last couple games than normal. The defense will keep Wisconsin in any game and with Kent State rolling in they should be their dominant self.
The only thing to worry about this game is that the Badgers could be looking ahead to their match-up against the Michigan State Spartans next week. All this could possibly cause is a slow start as Wisconsin is the more talented team in this game and that will win out eventually.