Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Wisconsin vs. TCU

Wisconsin's physical running game will look to impose its will on TCU in the Rose Bowl.

Wisconsin offense vs. TCU defense
• Expect the Badgers to attack TCU with a game plan similar to the one they used versus Ohio State this season, when Wisconsin entered the contest knowing it had a size and strength advantage over the Buckeyes and was determined to impose its will physically. Wisconsin used one- or two-receiver sets on each of its first 12 plays from scrimmage in that game, which allowed it to bulk up with two or three tight ends and one- or two-back formations. Wisconsin ran the ball between the tackles on 10 of those first 12 plays and the two passes it attempted were bubble screens. The Horned Frogs are very active up front on defense and coach Gary Patterson does an excellent job of putting his defenders in position to make plays, but TCU simply does not match up well against Badgers OT Gabe Carimi and the nation's most physical offensive line. The Frogs' defensive line is small (three of the starting four weigh less than 270 pounds) and their 4-2-5 base personnel substitutes a defensive back for a linebacker, which means five of the back-seven defenders weigh less than 210 pounds. It will take an exceptional coaching job from Patterson and his defensive staff to limit talented Badgers RBs Montee Ball, freshman James White and John Clay.