Wisconsin Badgers Face Concerns About Offense

The WolverineCorrespondent INovember 12, 2009

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 26: John Clay #32 of the Wisconsin Badgers carries the ball during the game against  the Michigan State Spartans on September 26, 2009 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Michigan State 38-30. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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I think we'll be able to put up some points against Wisconsin. What I'm worried about is—no surprise—our defense. In particularly, Wisconsin's power attack is designed to pound away play after play at the defense. Although we have an undersized line, I think we're capable of stopping the run in general.

But Clay will be the biggest back we've faced all year. Like his predecessor P.J. Hill, Clay falls forward on every play, and he weighs more than all but three of Michigan's starting defenders. Expect to see more Ezeh than Leach this game given our need to match Clay's size.

But if you're Wisconsin's offense, you're sitting pretty. Play action passes, off tackle runs, carefully placed tight end deep routes, and a few shots to the outside will all be in Saturday's repertoire. The thing that scares me the most is that this offense is designed to target the LBs and Safeties and make them make plays.

Our LBs will be asked to choose among several potential rushing lanes. Safeties will be asked to respect the deep ball while keeping their eyes on both the RBs and TEs. We're not incapable of doing these things, as our performance against Iowa showed, but we haven't shown much potential of doing them of late. I'm concerned.