College Football Predictions: 7 Reasons the Badgers Are a BCS Title Contender

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College Football Predictions: 7 Reasons the Badgers Are a BCS Title Contender
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James White (right) is expected be part of one of the most explosive one-two punches in college football, which also includes Montee Ball.

Following a successful 2010 season that saw Wisconsin win a share of the Big Ten title and earn a Rose Bowl appearance, head coach Bret Bielema and his staff watched as players like J.J. Watt, Gabe Carimi, Scott Tolzien, Lance Kendricks, John Moffitt and John Clay leave Wisconsin for the NFL.

The loss of these players will be felt in 2011, but recent history has shown that Wisconsin knows how to reload on the offensive line, defensive line, running back and tight end positions.

The big question mark following the Rose Bowl was how to replace two-year starter and Johnny Unitas Award winner, Scott Tolzien.

That question was answered in late June as news broke, per Adam Rittenberg of ESPN, that former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson chose to transfer to the Badgers over national champion, Auburn.

Despite losing the previously mentioned performers, a plethora of experience and players return for the 2011 season. Expectations in Madison are high as the Badgers start out at No. 10 in the USA Today preseason poll and No. 11 in the AP Top 25.

Here are seven reasons why Wisconsin is a BCS title contender this season (in no particular order).


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