Wisconsin Badgers vs. San Jose State Spartans Preview

Kenn HoekstraContributor ISeptember 10, 2010

Badgers Quarterback Scott Tolzien Needs To Protect The Ball Better
Badgers Quarterback Scott Tolzien Needs To Protect The Ball BetterEthan Miller/Getty Images

Wisconsin Badgers Vs. San Jose State Spartans

Day: Saturday
Date: September 11, 2010
Location: Camp Randall Stadium—Madison, WI
Time: 11:00 AM CST
Television: ESPN

Series History: Wisconsin Leads the All-Time Series 1-0

9/13/1997 (San Jose, CA)
Wisconsin - 56     San Jose State - 10

RECAP: Badgers running back Ron Dayne rushed for 254 yards and three touchdowns as the Badgers scored 42 unanswered points in the final three quarters. San Jose State's defense was led by defensive end and Green Bay Packers all-time sacks leader Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. 


Wisconsin Badgers (AP No. 11)   
(0-0 Big Ten)    (1-0 Overall)

Head Coach: Bret Bielema
Record Under Bielema: 39-14-0
2009 Record: 5-3 Big Ten, 10-3 Overall
2009 Finish: Fourth in Big Ten/Won Champs Sports Bowl (Def. Miami (FL) 20-14)
All-Time Record: 615-465-53


Wisconsin defeated UNLV in Las Vegas last weekend 42-21 to start the season 1-0.  

The Badgers are heavily favored against San Jose State and would love to dominate this game in front of a national television audience so they can crack the top 10 in the national polls.

Expect Wisconsin to rely heavily on its power running game and pass sparingly in this matchup.  This should come as no surprise to Badgers fans as it has been Wisconsin's winning offensive formula for the past 15 years.

The Badgers have won their last 14 home openers.

San Jose State Spartans (AP Unranked)
(0-0 Western Athletic Conference)  (0-1 Overall)

Head Coach: Mike Macintyre
Record Under Macintyre: 0-1-0
2009 Record: 1-7 WAC, 2-10 Overall
2009 Finish: Ninth in WAC/No Bowl Appearance
All Time Record: 448-440-37


San Jose State opened its season against No. 1 Alabama last week and were manhandled, 48-3 to start their 2010 campaign 0-1.

Things won't be much easier for the Spartans against Wisconsin's stout defense, which only allowed 217 total yards to UNLV in Week 1.

San Jose will look to force some turnovers and will need to find a spark on offense if they want to avoid this one turning into a laugher early on. 


Line: Wisconsin Badgers (Minus-38)


Expect the Badgers to benefit from some home cookin' and cruise to an easy victory in this one.  John Clay looks healthy and should have a 200 yard day. 

Badgers QB Scott Tolzien got sloppy and gave up an easy pick six to the Runnin' Rebels in Week 1.  Look for him to protect the ball better this time around.


Badgers 49, UNLV 10