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Wisconsin vs. Oregon State: NCAA Complete Game Preview

Dave RadcliffeContributor IIIJune 26, 2016

Wisconsin vs. Oregon State: NCAA Complete Game Preview

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    Any guesses on how many points Oregon State put up last season in Madison against Wisconsin?

    A big, fat zero.

    That's right. The Badgers shut out the Beavers 35-0 in the second week of the 2011 college football season.

    This time, it's No. 13 Wisconsin's turn to hit the road. The Badgers will visit Corvallis on Saturday to see if they can complete the home-and-away sweep of Oregon State.

    Here is everything you need to know about this pivotal Week 2 matchup.

GameDay Information

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    Who: Wisconsin at Oregon State

    When: 4:00 PM ET

    Where: Corvallis, OR

    Stadium: Reser Stadium (45,674)

    TV: FX

    Radio: Wisconsin: AM-620 (other affiliates in WI listed here)

    Oregon State: AM-1240 (other affiliates in OR listed here)

    Internet Stream: Check your local listings

Depth Chart for Wisconsin

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    Offense:

    QB—Danny O'Brien, Joel Stave/Curt Phillips

    RB—Montee Ball, James White

    FB—Derek Watt, Sherard Cadogan

    WR—Jared Abbrederis, Reggie Love

    WR—Jordan Frederick, Jeff Duckworth

    WR—Kenzel Doe, AJ Jordan

    TE—Jacob Pedersen, Sam Arneson

    TE—Brian Wozniak, Brock DeCicco

    LT—Rick Wagner, Tyler Marz

    LG—Ryan Groy, Ray Ball

    C—Travis Frederick, Dan Voltz

    RG—Zac Matthias, Kyle Costigan

    RT—Rob Havenstein, Robert Burge

    Defense:

    DE—David Gilbert, Pat Muldoon

    DT—Ethan Hemer, Bryce Gilbert

    DT—Beau Allen, Warren Herring

    DE—Brendan Kelly, Tyler Dippel

    SLB—Ethan Armstrong, Conor O'Neill

    MLB—Chris Borland, Marcus Trotter

    WLB—Mike Taylor, Derek Landisch

    CB—Devin Smith, Devin Gaulden

    SS—Shelton Johnson, Michael Caputo

    FS—Dezmen Southward, Michael Trotter

    CB—Marcus Cromartie, Darius Hillary

    Special Teams:

    P—Drew Meyer, Stephen Salata

    K/KO—Kyle French, Jack Russell

    LS—James McGuire, Connor Udelhoven

    H—Stephen Salata, Drew Meyer

    PR—Jared Abbrederis, Kenzel Doe

    KR—Jared Abbrederis, James White

Depth Chart for Oregon State

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    Offense:

    QB—Sean Mannion, Cody Vaz

    RB—Storm Woods, Malcolm Agnew

    FB—Clayton York, Tyler Anderson

    WR—Brandin Cooks, Micah Hatfield

    WR—Markus Wheaton, Richard Mullaney

    SB—Kevin Cummings, Obum Gwacham

    HB—Tyler Perry, Kellen Clute

    TE—Colby Prince, Connor Hamlett

    LT—Michael Phillip, Derek Nielsen

    LG—Josh Andrews, Josh Mitchell

    C—Isaac Seumalo, Roman Sapolu

    RG—Grant Enger, Jake Welch

    RT—Colin Kelly, Gavin Andrews

    Defense:

    DE—Scott Crichton, John Braun

    DT—Castro Masaniai, Joe Lopez

    DT—Andrew Seumalo, Mana Rosa

    DE—Dylan Wynn, Rudolf Fifita

    SLB—DJ Welch, Jabral Johnson

    MLB—Feti Taumoepeau, Rueben Robinson

    WLB—Michael Doctor, Shaydon Akuna

    CB—Jordan Poyer, Brian Watkins

    SS—Anthony Watkins, Tyrequek Zimmerman

    FS—Ryan Murphy, Peter Ashton

    CB—Rashaad Reynolds, Mishawn Cummings

    Special Teams:

    P—Keith Kostol, Tim McMullen

    K/KO—Trevor Romaine, Keith Kostol

    LS—Michael Morovick

    H—Tim McMullen, Keith Kostol

    PR—Jordan Poyer, Markus Wheaton

    KR—Malcolm Marable, Brandin Cooks

What Happened to the Badgers Last Week

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    The Badgers won their opener, but sputtered to a five point win in what should have been an easily dominant performance.

    After jumping out to a 19 point lead—twice—Northern Iowa fought back and even had the ball in Wisconsin territory with a chance to take the lead late in the fourth quarter.

    But defensive tackle Ethan Hemer batted down a pass on fourth down with 2:40 remaining, and the Badgers escaped with a 26-21 victory in a game where many expected Wisconsin to win by 30.

    Danny O'Brien shined, going 19-of-23 for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Both of his TDs were hauled in by No. 1 receiver Jared Abbrederis. Montee Ball struggled by his standards, rushing 32 times for 120 yards and a score.

What Happened to the Beavers Last Week

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    As a result of Hurricane-then-Tropical Storm Isaac, Nicholls State did not make the trip up to Corvallis to face Oregon State last week. The Beavers, therefore, have yet to begin their season. Unlike the Badgers, they will not have the benefit of a "warm up" game heading into Week 2.

    While Oregon State may need some time to shake off the rust, it will have an advantage in the game preparation department since the Badgers won't have any tape of the Beavers playing in 2012. Even though Wisconsin said they wouldn't provide any video, Oregon State can still review last week's Big Ten Network coverage of the No. Iowa/Wisconsin game.

What It Means to Both Teams

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    What it means to Wisconsin:

    After last week's scare, the Badgers would like nothing more to put together a solid-from-start-to-finish performance against Oregon State. This would not only silence some critics, but it would also help Wisconsin regain some of its swagger as it gets closer to Big Ten play. If this week turns out to be another squeaker, win or lose, people will keep talking, and the Badgers will still have that little voice of doubt in the back of their minds.

    It's also a good opportunity for Montee Ball to get back on track. Another spotty performance could leave him on the outside looking in when it comes to the Heisman race.

    What it means to Oregon State:

    Forget about an early-season tune-up—the Beavers are getting thrown into the fire by having to face a top 25 opponent right off the bat.

    A victory would mean the world to a team that only managed three wins last year, and to a coach who appears to be on the hot seat entering the season.

    Head Coach Mike Riley is entering his 12th season with the Beavers, and after five straight winning seasons, Oregon State has only won eight games in its past two campaigns. To win—or at least keep it close—against Wisconsin would give Riley and his squad a boost heading into conference play.

Key Player for Wisconsin

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    Key player for Wisconsin: QB Danny O'Brien

    When Montee Ball is on, so are the Badgers.

    Last week, Ball only managed 3.8 yards per carry, and Wisconsin only managed to win by five against Northern Iowa.

    How many games did Ball average under four yards a rush in 2011? None.

    Then again, he also had the best offensive line in the nation in 2011, whereas in 2012, there are three new faces blocking for him up front.

    That's where Danny O'Brien steps in.

    If Ball is contained again this week, O'Brien will have to step up like he did against No. Iowa, a game where he completed 82.6 percent of his passes. Talk about efficiency.

    This time, O'Brien won't have the luxury of playing at home. We'll get to see how he handles the pressure of a road game in a hostile environment.

    If O'Brien can duplicate what he did against the Panthers, the Badgers shouldn't have to sweat out another close game.

Key Player for Oregon State

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    Key player for Oregon State: WR Markus Wheaton

    Wheaton is one of the most underrated wide receivers not only in the Pac 12, but in all of college football. Last season, Wheaton had 73 receptions for 986 yards on a three win team. Not bad. Few are aware of the talent the senior wideout possesses, and if Wisconsin isn't one of those few, it will be in for a rude awakening on Saturday.

    Oregon State saw just how much the Badgers struggled versus the pass against Northern Iowa, an FCS school with a freshman quarterback—playing in Camp Randall Stadium in his college debut. Well, the Beavers have a Division I sophomore quarterback in Sean Mannion playing at home, and if they are smart, they will come after the Badgers with an all-out aerial assault to get the crowd into the game early.

    It will be up to Wheaton to break open against Wisconsin's No. 1 corner Devin Smith and create havoc in the Badgers' secondary for the Beavers to have a chance at the upset.

Wisconsin Will Win If ....

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    Wisconsin will win if it can fix its pass defense woes.

    The Badgers were torched for 265 yards last week, including touchdown passes of 55 and 31 yards in the fourth quarter. After appearing to have the game under control in the first half, things completely fell apart at the second level of the defense, especially as the game wore on.

    Wisconsin's back seven is composed of five seniors and two juniors. Its experience and familiarity with one another should help the D-backs and linebackers put last week behind them and figure out what exactly went wrong.

    Markus Wheaton poses a much bigger threat than Northern Iowa's David Johnson, who went over the century mark last week in receiving yards. If Wisconsin can contain that threat, the Badgers will put themselves in a good position to win on Saturday.

Oregon State Will Win If ....

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    Oregon State will win if it can expose the Wisconsin secondary.

    We know that the Badgers are going to put up points one way or another. Danny O'Brien has shown he can take advantage of the main focus being placed on the Wisconsin run game.

    Therefore, the Beavers will have to try and keep pace, and in order to do that, they will attempt to pick on a unit that had its fair share of issues against Northern Iowa.

    Quarterback Sean Mannion has a year of experience under his belt as well as a security blanket in Markus Wheaton. If those two can get on the same page, look out.

    If last season and game one of 2012 is any indication, it's going to take at least 30 points for the Beavers to have a chance at defeating the Badgers. 

    Can Oregon State manage 30 in Corvallis on Saturday? We'll soon find out.

Prediction

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    Prediction: Wisconsin 31, Oregon State 17

    The Badgers will survive their first road test thanks to a bounce-back performance by Montee Ball, a proficient Danny O'Brien and the defense doing just enough to slow the Beavers' passing attack.

    With Wisconsin coming in as eight point favorites, this would be a better-than-expected performance for the Badgers, who could use a confidence booster after last week's near-debacle.

    The secondary will have its moments yet again, but the Beavers simply don't have enough weapons on offense or enough talent on defense to pull off the upset. 

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