The Call: No. 16 Wisconsin at Gophers

  • Updated: November 22, 2013 - 9:14 PM
hide

Wisconsin is known for its running game, but Jared Abbrederis has been burning opposing defenses with his receptions, too.

THE CALL BY JOE CHRISTENSEN • JCHRISTENSEN@STARTRIBUNE.com

THE OPPONENT

Wisconsin has won five consecutive games since a 31-24 loss to Ohio State, all by at least 10 points, and still has hopes of reaching a BCS bowl.

2:30 p.m., TCF Bank Stadium • TV: ESPN • Radio: 100.3 FM

Line: Badgers by 16½ • Series: Gophers lead 58-56-4

Gophers offense vs. Badgers defense

Wisconsin has the nation’s fifth-best scoring defense, giving up only 14.0 points per game. The Badgers run a 3-4 scheme (three down linemen, four linebackers), and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda keeps opponents guessing where the pressure will come from. Chris Borland is the best linebacker in the country, Gophers coach Jerry Kill said. Advantage: Badgers

Badgers offense vs. Gophers defense

Wisconsin loves to run the ball behind another huge, technically sound offensive line. The Badgers are the only FBS team with two rushers above 1,000 yards in sophomore Melvin Gordon (1,306) senior James White (1,156). They also have the Big Ten’s fourth-leading receiver in Jared Abbrederis and one of the conference’s top tight ends in Jacob Pedersen. Quarterback Joel Stave has thrown eight interceptions this season. Advantage: Badgers

Special teams

Kyle French lost his kicking job for the Badgers on Oct. 19 and has since announced he will transfer following the season. Since taking over the job, Jack Russell is 5-for-6 on field-goal attempts, with the only miss coming from 54 yards. The Gophers’ Chris Hawthorne is 12-for-15 on field goals. Advantage: Gophers

Intangibles

It is expected to be the coldest Gophers game in five years at TCF Bank Stadium. The forecast says it will be about 16 degrees at kickoff, with a northwest wind making it feel closer to 5 degrees. Advantage: Gophers

Prediction

To win, the Gophers need to play above their heads and hope Wisconsin gets rattled with turnovers and mistakes. Under new coach Gary Andersen, the Badgers have been pretty poised. The Gophers have a plus-six turnover margin, but Wisconsin isn’t far behind at plus-four.

 

Wisconsin 31

Gophers 13

NUMBERS TO KNOW

6

Teams to post their lowest scoring output of the season vs. Wisconsin.

 

42

Badgers turnovers the past four years, fewest in the FBS.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT …

Cedric Thompson

The safety is coming off a sprained an ankle vs. Penn State.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Cleveland 86 FINAL
Indiana 93
Washington 81 FINAL
Philadelphia 89
Golden State 113 FINAL
Toronto 89
New York 121 FINAL
Detroit 115
Orlando 88 FINAL
Atlanta 95
Charlotte 98 FINAL
Boston 106
LA Clippers 97 FINAL
Memphis 79
Brooklyn 98 FINAL
Houston 102
Miami 102 FINAL
New Orleans 104
Minnesota 89 FINAL
Chicago 96
Utah 104 FINAL
Denver 82
San Antonio 107 4th Qtr 1:20
Sacramento 94
Milwaukee 76 4th Qtr 9:45
LA Lakers 71
Oklahoma City 89 4th Qtr
Portland 78
Boston 3 FINAL(OT)
New Jersey 2
Calgary 1 FINAL
NY Islanders 2
Washington 0 FINAL
Carolina 3
Chicago 0 FINAL
Tampa Bay 4
Colorado 5 FINAL(SO)
Dallas 4
Los Angeles 2 3rd Prd 8:53
Anaheim 2
Siena 63 FINAL
Quinnipiac 73
Harvard 49 FINAL
Cornell 57
Penn 69 FINAL
Brown 75
Fairfield 65 FINAL
Canisius 72
Manhattan 75 FINAL
Iona 79
Saint Peters 67 FINAL
Marist 69
Princeton 60 FINAL
Yale 81
Ohio 58 FINAL
Akron 70
Dartmouth 84 FINAL
Columbia 71
Valparaiso 56 FINAL
Cleveland State 53
Louisiana Tech 75 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 88
Seton Hall 77 FINAL
Xavier 60
Cornell 54 FINAL
Harvard 60
Yale 49 FINAL
(14) Princeton 67
Elon 51 FINAL
Drexel 54
Northeastern 47 FINAL
James Madison 82
St Johns 60 FINAL
Butler 49
Creighton 71 FINAL
Georgetown 62
Brown 58 FINAL
Penn 75
Columbia 50 FINAL
Dartmouth 60
Canisius 54 FINAL
Siena 58
St Josephs Brooklyn 35 FINAL
NJIT 78
Western Carolina 86 FINAL
UNC Greensboro 80
Colorado 66 FINAL
Arizona 51
Southern Ill 72 FINAL
Bradley 66
Drake 59 FINAL
Wichita State 80
Indiana State 71 FINAL
Evansville 53
Illinois State 53 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 67
Northern Iowa 70 FINAL
Missouri State 72
Utah 42 FINAL
(10) Arizona State 46
Providence 62 FINAL
Villanova 71
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who is the best center on a Twin Cities sports team?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close