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GAME THREAD: Wisconsin vs. Army

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It’s always cool when longtime, traditional rivals get a primetime game to show off to the nation.

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The Wisconsin Badgers (2-3 overall, 1-2 Big Ten) and the Army Black Knights (4-1 overall) meet for the first time on the gridiron Saturday night at Camp Randall Stadium. We’ve been talking all week about how both teams like to run the ball and, well, I hope Chez Mellusi has stocked up on his Secret Stuff for the game.

This is a game where Graham Mertz absolutely has to play well and I hope that the offensive game plan has a couple of deep shots planned early to give Army something to think about. Currently Army, a team who has thrown 33 times all season, has more passing touchdowns than Wisconsin does and that cannot be the case after this game.

Wisconsin should win this game, but they’re going to be in for a battle all night. Army regularly goes on drives that last longer than eight minutes and are totally fine gaining two or three yards at a time until your defense wears down or gets bored. UW’s rush defense is excellent but playing against the triple-option is a different beast.

I still think the Badgers will hold the Black Knights under their season average on the ground but Wisconsin will still have a limited amount of possessions to score points, and they have proved adept at wasting drives.

It has been another wild day of college football with LSU beating Florida, Minnesota (and their, like 80th string RB) beating Nebraska, Texas blowing another double digit lead, Northwestern winning a Big Ten game!, UCONN WINNING A GAME IN GENERAL!, and that’s just in the morning window!

Here are the staff predictions for the game:

Tyler: 24-10, Wisconsin

Owen: 21-13, Wisconsin

J.J.: 17-10, Wisconsin

Belz: 27-10, Wisconsin

Rock: 17-6, Wisconsin, under 2:40 game time

Kevin: 35-13, Wisconsin

Ryan: 31-10, Wisconsin

Bremen: 19-9, Wisconsin

Drew: 23-10, Wisconsin

Jake:

Neal: 20-17, Wisconsin


Here are the depth charts for Wisconsin and Army:

And here is the updated injury/availibility report: