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Wisconsin Running back Montee Ball
Wisconsin has lost its starting quarterback for the second consecutive season, but once again it shouldn't really hurt them.
It is true that they don't have someone as talented as departed quarterback Russell Wilson coming in, but with the top rusher in the country returning to Madison there is plenty to be hopeful for.
Montee Ball lead the nation in rushing with 1,923 yards and 33 touchdowns, but there is a big question of who will be opening up the holes for him to rush through this year.
Three starters are gone from the offensive line of a year ago, and while Wisconsin always boasts a great rushing attack, it will be interesting to see how they rebuild after losing so much up front.
The questions at quarterback certainly won't help the rushing attack, but it really shouldn't matter as Montee Ball is the type of runner who can make things happen all on his own.
The only big losses for the defense of Wisconsin comes in the secondary, which means the Badgers might slip a little in pass defense, but since they were ranked second in that last season, a little slip wouldn't be a big deal.
The rushing defense was ranked sixth last year, and considering they return the conference tackles leader in Mike Taylor at linebacker as well as the team leader in tackles for loss in linebacker Chris Borland, this defense should be up to the task of keeping the team in the game.
Important games: September 29 at Nebraska, October 27 against Michigan State and November 17 against Ohio State.
The Badgers will end up second in the conference and first in the Leaders Division.