Injuries mount on Wisconsin OL, Jonathan Taylor earns honors, oddsmakers still believe in Badgers
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Injuries mount along the offensive line
The Wisconsin offensive line is hurting at it prepares for the first big road test of the season on Saturday at BYU. When the Badgers released their injury report Monday, starting guards Beau Benzschawel and Jon Dietzen were each listed as questionable. As Jesse Temple writes, those still healthy are trying to rally and are confident they will be able to get the job done if the two veterans are out.
Jonathan Taylor awarded for his effort
It feels as though Jonathan Taylor will be highly decorated by the time he leaves Wisconsin, and the first of his likely many accolades arrived Monday as he was named Big Ten co-offensive player of the week — with Iowa QB Nathan Stanley — and the conference’s freshman of the week after he ran for 223 yards and 3 scores against Florida Atlantic.
Wisconsin offense to face first real test
The Badgers have gained 1,042 yards in the first two weeks of the season, but they’ll face their stiffest test to date when they travel to Provo, Utah, to face BYU. The Cougars are 1-2 on the year, but the defense isn’t close to their biggest issue. That means Wisconsin needs more consistency from its offense, according to Jason Galloway at Madison.com.
Oddsmakers still believe in Wisconsin
The Badgers have not impressed pollsters in the first two games of the year, losing ground in both national polls after each of their wins. But the folks that make the odds are still bullish on Wisconsin, giving coach Paul Chryst’s team the 10th-best odds to win the national title at 22/1.
Badgers not afraid to use starters on special teams
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Jeff Potrykus has a story on Wisconsin’s willingness to use starts on special teams, a common occurrence for the Badgers the last few seasons.
Former Wisconsin signee to start for BYU
Running back Ula Toluta’u was a member of former Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen’s 2014 recruiting class, but took a 2-year Mormon mission before starting college. By the time he was done, Andersen was gone and the Badgers released him from his scholarship. Now, at BYU, Toluta’u is looking like he’ll be the Cougars featured back on Saturday against Wisconsin.
FAU team still in Madison
With the aftermath of Hurricane Irma still impacting South Florida, the Florida Atlantic football team remains in Madison. With the earliest day they could go home being Wednesday, the Owls are using the Badgers facilities, including getting some work in at Camp Randall Stadium on Monday.
— Ken LaVicka (@KLV1063) September 11, 2017
Wisconsin volleyball moving on up
The Badgers volleyball team has yet to lose a set this year and is 7-0 on the season. For their efforts, they moved up one spot in the latest AVCA poll to No. 5 in the country.
New @AVCAVolleyball Top 10
2 Penn State
— NCAA Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) September 11, 2017
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