A Mystery Awaits This 2019 Season
A continuous noise is about to disrupt Madison, Wisconsin. No, it is not the ground of Camp Randall shaking from the timely tradition of Jump Around. It is the rumblings of curiosity of what this upcoming season holds for the Wisconsin Badgers. The subtle noise will only continue to get louder and louder as the Badgers open up their season this Friday evening at home.
For the Badgers, last season’s ending was disappointing. Finishing 8-5, where the previous season before that, they were one win away from being a CFP team for the first time. Coming from the top of the pedestal, it was a harsh fall for last year’s team. Going forward, there is plenty to be optimistic about as fans.
Hard Lessons To Learn
To start, the defense is another year older. Last year’s secondary was made up of youth and inexperience. It was a tough pill to swallow, but with a genius in Jim Leonhard as Defensive Coordinator, I’d look for a big bounce back this season. Additionally, there is a glaring question in regards to the quarterback situation. With ex-Badger, Alex Hornibrook transferring to Florida State to be their back up, the role was wide open for the taking.
It was announced earlier this week, that Jack Coan has earned the starting spot for this Friday’s opening. With an impressive camp, Coan is ready to show what he has up his sleeve. This does not guarantee that his spot as the starter is safe. Head Coach Paul Chryst stated earlier today that, “Both will be ready to go”, in regards to who, between Graham Mertz and Chase Wolf, if Coan needs to be taken out.
With that comment alone, it seems that Chryst has made sure that at any minutes notice, they have a reliable back up to finish out the game or the season. Badger fans everywhere are chomping at the bit for the highly anticipated Mertz to get into the starting role. For that though, I believe fans should relax and see what there is to Coan. Mertz will come in due time, patience is a virtue in this instance.
Heisman On The Horizon
There should be no surprise that what Badger fans should be most excited about is Jonathan Taylor. Entering his Junior year at Wisconsin, it seems that Taylor is in the prime position to compete for the lucrative Heisman. It has been almost 20 years since Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne took home the trophy and the want for another one is stronger than ever.
The nation, not just Wisconsin, knows that Taylor is a special kind of runner. With another year of growth and development, it will not be surprising if when December comes, Taylor is named one of the finalists. He will have to give it everything he has though, with talent running deep, the competition will only get tougher as the moths go on.
This season will be a great test for the Badgers to show their true colors. Playing the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, and Iowa all at home. While going to Columbus to take on Ohio State. The Big Ten is a powerhouse, that has always been the case, but as of now, everyone is looking past Wisconsin and focusing on others. It is a fair outlook on our team. From a program who utterly disappointed last season, no one is quite sure what to expect from this season’s team.
While I am highly optimistic with what this program can do, I also believe there will be some bumps, but nothing that this team can’t overcome. The success of this team will fall on everyone. In the meantime though, I believe that the Wisconsin Badgers will finish 10-2 on the season. Dropping games to Michigan and Ohio State. I can see Wisconsin taking the game from Michigan, but in the end I believe it will be a close one that the Wolverines capture.
Anything can happen though. Maybe the Badgers finish 10-2 or maybe they end up where they did last season. This is a mystery of a team that cannot be solved overnight. It will be a puzzling journey that must be paid close attention to. Because, if you listen closely, there is a slight thud in the background, it is the Badgers approaching the road ahead. Will it be the path to success or failure? That has yet to be determined. In the end though, the thud will turn into the truth being told.