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Badger Bits: What will be the X Factor for Wisconsin football?'s Big Ten blog has been choosing an X Factor for each Big Ten team, and yesterday, it covered the Badgers.

Mike McGinnis

Remember Dante Hall of the Kansas City Chiefs? One of the best return men in NFL history, which earned him the "X Factor" moniker? When that's your nickname, it's obvious you're one of the best X Factors in the game.

However, X Factors don't necessarily have to posses the ability to take the ball 95 yards down the sideline on any given kickoff. The Big Ten blog is in a series of choosing an X Factor for each school Big Ten school during the upcoming season. In the most recent video, blogger Brian Bennett believes the new 3-4 defensive scheme will be Wisconsin's X Factor in 2013. Watch the video for his justification and how it provides a new element for opposing offenses to prepare for.

Do you agree with Bennett? Or do you believe the eventual quarterback will be the X Factor? Maybe the receiving corps? Or even a specific player such as safety Dezmen Southward or quarterback Tanner McEvoy? Let us know what you think


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