What Wisconsin is Saying About This Week's Matchup

What Wisconsin is Saying About This Week's Matchup

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What Wisconsin is Saying About This Week's Matchup

After a closer game than expected against Nebraska, Wisconsin is looking to be the team that they thought they were a few weeks back before losing to BYU at home. Since the loss, they have had some troubles with a close game against Iowa, and while they won against Nebraska by 17, they still allowed the Cornhuskers to put up 24 points and over 400 passing yards on them.

The offense has been doing wonders with running back Jonathan Taylor and quarterback Alex Hornibrook, but the defense is where the problem lies for the Badgers. Head coach Paul Chryst had some words on the Michigan team this week, starting with quarterback Shea Patterson.

“Obviously, he’s a talented quarterback and yet, it’s not just him,” Chryst said. “And he’s good, I’m not trying to minimize him at all. What makes him effective — and their offense seems to be clicking — I think they’ve got a really good line, the back’s talented, they’ve got good skill players on the perimeter, so together makes them a really good offense.

“They can be effective and attack a number of different ways. When an offense has that, you’ve got to play disciplined, good assignment football. Patterson’s playing well, and he can certainly hurt you with his arm, he can extend plays and he can hurt you with his legs, but what’s really key is he’s one of 11 all on the same page. They’re executing, and an offense that executes is hard to defend.”

Attention then shifted to the defense where Chryst talked up defensive end Chase Winovich and linebacker Devin Bush.

“Chase, he’s a heck of a football player,” Chryst said. “Got a lot of respect for him. He’s talented. He plays the game with great energy and he’s tough to block. He’s complemented around him, but he’s a heck of a player. When you go against him, you’ve got to be great in your technique and great in your effort.

“I think their whole defense is really talented and Bush is obviously a heck of a football player. Anytime you face a defense that’s talented and well-coached, I think they have great confidence and knowledge — the players I’m talking about — in their scheme, they play fast. The strength of their defense is that they’ve got a number of talented players, so you can’t focus … the next question will be about Gary or somebody else. They’ve got good players and they’re well-coached.”

Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph talked to the Journal Sentinel about how he has to prepare for the number one defense in the country.

“They are extremely explosive,” Joe Rudolph said Tuesday. “They get up the field tremendously well. They create a ton of havoc with a myriad of fronts. And they’re ultra-talented, so it’s a good mix. It’s tough, that’s why they are the No. 1 defense in the country.”

Wisconsin starting right guard Beau Benzschawel had some things to say about the Wolverines as well this week as he talked about preparing for the tough defensive line.

“They’re always going to have a great front seven,” Beau Benzschawel said. “It’s something that they pride themselves in as far as having a good front year after year. And they always get good recruits, so you know they’re going to be top guys. It’s definitely going to be a big challenge.”

Michigan plays Wisconsin on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Ann Arbor in The Big House.

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