The No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers open their season on the road in Tampa Bay against the USF Bulls on Friday night.
The Badgers open their season on the road (true road game) for the first time since a 2010 victory over UNLV and play USF for the second time ever. Wisconsin beat the Bulls in 27-10 in 2014 at Camp Randall. I’d bet that game plays a big factor in tonight’s action since ::double checks:: Tanner McEvoy was Wisconsin’s starting QB that day.
Here are the depth charts for both teams. USF’s special teams is not included because they made their two-deep too long for my screenshot. Smh. I have a fun fact about their punter below, though, so all is not lost.
How to watch/listen
TV: ESPN, 6 p.m. CT, Dave Flemming, Louis Riddick, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Badger Sports Network (iHeartRadio), Satellite: Sirius 83 or XM 83, Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Patrick Herb; USF Radio Network (1250 AM) if you’re in Tampa
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
Weather: Tampa Bay, Florida
Line: Wisconsin -12.5
- The last time USF and QB Blake Barnett played a B1G school (admittedly it was Illinois) he threw for 411 yards.
- USF P Trent Schneider is a 29-year-old native of Sydney, Australia who worked construction for eight years before the former soccer goalkeeper became a college punter.
- Charlie Strong’s favorite ice cream is Blue Bell chocolate and he eats some daily. Live you best life, Coach!
- TE Mitchell Wilcox is the best ping pong player on the Bulls. I think he should challenge Danny Vanden Boom to a game at halftime to settle the game.
- The Bulls are 20-5 at home over the last four years and they’ve won those games by an average of 15.6 points.
- 91 of the 107 players on the USF roster heading into the 2019 season hail from the state of Florida and that includes 29 players from the (Tampa) Bay Area.
- Wisconsin has four Florida natives on its roster, all cornerbacks from Broward and Miami-Dade counties: Faion Hicks (Miami), Semar Melvin (Pembroke Pines), Rachad Wildgoose (Miramar) and James Williams (Fort Lauderdale). Williams and USF OL Sebastian Sainterling were teammates in high school!