The No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (4-0 overall, 2-0 B1G) welcome the Kent State Golden Flashes (2-2 overall, 1-0 MAC) on Saturday morning at Camp Randall Stadium to finish up the non-conference portion of their schedule.
Kent State’s defense (total defense ranked No. 118 in the country and rushing defense is ranked No. 130, which is dead in the country last for those scoring at home) has struggled so far this season, to say the least. The Badgers running game should have a field day and Jack Coan should hopefully find a rhythm in the passing game as well.
Kent State prepares for a challenging foe in #8 Wisconsin. We brought on @rwiedenhoeft of Wisconsin blog @B5Q to talk all things Wisconsin football, from 8-offensive linemen packages to elite linebacking corps: https://t.co/lZtDn7tRW8— Hustle BOO-lt (@HustleBelt) October 4, 2019
Kent State and Wisconsin have never played before, but with Wisconsin alumnus Sean Lewis coaching the Golden Flashes this game should have a little bit of juice that your average non-conference game with a MAC team is missing.
How to watch/listen
TV: ESPNU, 11:00 a.m. CT, Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Badger Sports Network (iHeartRadio), Satellite: Sirius 83 or XM 83, Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Mark Tauscher, Patrick Herb
Stadium: Camp Randall Stadium
Weather: Madison, Wisconsin (Spoiler alert: bring a poncho)
Line: Wisconsin -36.5
Fun facts (according to the media guides)
- Kent State head coach Sean Lewis is both a former Wisconsin Badgers TE AND the youngest head coach in FBS. He is only 33 years old!
- Paul Chryst and Lewis are among the three Badgers alumni currently working as FBS head coaches, along with first-year Colorado coach Mel Tucker.
- In all, 11 current FBS coaches either played or coached at Wisconsin: Gary Andersen (Utah State), Craig Bohl (Wyoming), Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), Dave Doeren (NC State), Thomas Hammock (Northern Illinois), Lance Leipold (Buffalo), Sean Lewis (Kent State), Jay Norvell (Nevada), Lovie Smith (Illinois), Mel Tucker (Colorado) and Justin Wilcox (Cal).
- The Wisconsin defense has only allowed 29 points so far this season, the fewest of any team in the country. They, on the flip side, have scored 23 points themselves with three touchdowns and a safety. That places them only 31 points behind Georgia Tech, the lowest scoring team in the nation.
- The Golden Flashes have more players on their roster from Canada (one) than Wisconsin (zero).
- The Badgers have six Ohio natives on the roster: TE Seth Currens, Pickerington, Ohio (Central), WR Danny Davis III, Springfield, Ohio (Springfield), FB Quan Easterling, Akron, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban), DE Rodas Johnson, Columbus, Ohio (St. Francis DeSales), DE Isaiah Mullens, Columbus, Ohio (Harvest Prep), and QB Chase Wolf, Loveland, Ohio (Saint Xavier).
- While also referring to a style of play on the field, #FlashFAST is the team mantra with FAST representing fun (that’s the name of this blog post section!), accountable, smart and tough.
- As part of the Fun in FlashFAST, a number of coaches, players, sports performance coaches and athletic trainers are participating in a Beard Gang challenge. Mustaches can be trimmed, but participants must let their beards grow for the entire season.
- Kent State QB Dustin Crum has had a touchdown pass of at least 50 yards in each of his three starts.
- The amount of lightning bolt emojis on Lewis’ Twitter account was unable to be totaled up. Trust me, it’s a lot.
⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️— ⚡️ Sean Lewis ⚡️ (@TheOC_CoachLew) October 4, 2019
Happy #FlashFAST ⚡️Friday Beautiful People!! True honor to feed off the energy of @KentStBaseball this morning in the @jharrison9292 Weight Room!!
Have a GOOD one and be a positive light for someone else today!#BeTheA1pha
- After this game kicks off, the Badgers will have faced every current team in the MAC at least once.