Change coming to Wisconsin football schedules, D’Cota Dixon gets another year, OL injury updates
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Big Ten schedule released for 2020, 2021
The Big Ten released its football schedules for 2020 and 2021 on Tuesday, and there are some significant changes for Wisconsin that could throw fans for a loop, including the switch from Minnesota to Iowa for the final game of the season in each of those years.
Jesse Temple takes a look at the shakeup from past seasons, while Scott Dochterman considers the possibility the Hawkeyes and Badgers could meet on Black Friday like Iowa has done with Nebraska in recent years.
D’Cota Dixon gets another year
Safety D’Cota Dixon played in three games as a freshman in 2014 before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the rest of the season. He had to apply for a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA, and on Tuesday school officials told Jason Galloway of the Wisconsin State Journal Dixon had officially gotten that year back, meaning he’s a redshirt junior this season.
Good news, bad news for Wisconsin OL
One of Wisconsin’s starting guards listed on the injury report — Beau Benzschawel — got practice reps on Tuesday, while the other — Jon Dietzen — remained out. Both are listed as questionable for the game against BYU on Saturday.
Leo Chenal’s impact
Wisconsin picked up its first commitment in the Class of 2019 on Monday in the form of Leo Chenal. In Jesse Temple’s latest recruiting notebook, he examines the impact of the linebacker’s commitment, in addition to looking at how Wisconsin’s Class of 2018 recruits are faring on the field so far.
Tanner Mangum’s status still uncertain
BYU junior quarterback Tanner Mangum sustained a foot injury late in the team’s loss to Utah last Saturday, and it remains unclear if he will be healthy enough to go against Wisconsin on Saturday, according to Jeff Call of DeseretNews.com. If he is unable to play, sophomore Beau Hoge will face the Badgers in his first career start.
The athletic Olive Sagapolu
At 346 pounds, Olive Sagapolu is the biggest player on Wisconsin’s roster, while also being among its most athletic. It’s rare for those two traits to co-exist, but they do for Sagapolu, and that makes the defensive tackle a considerable challenge for opposing offenses.
It’s in the details
Wisconsin piled up 564 yards of offense against Florida Atlantic last Saturday but managed to score just 31 points. That failure to capitalize has provided excellent video for the coaching staff to hammer home the fact that details matter, writes Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Madison.com tracked the best performances by former Wisconsin players in Week 1 of the NFL season.
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