It’s officially July. Which for us sportswriters, means it is time to begin previewing the upcoming football season? The Badgers 2015 schedule is out, so I thought starting with a Badgers schedule preview would be a good idea.
Week one: Vs. Alabama- the Wisconsin Badgers will begin their 2015 season with about as a big of a bang as one could have possibly drummed up. The Alabama Crimson Tide, college football's current flagship franchise will face the Badgers at Jerry World, technically known as Cowboys Stadium, in the 2015 Cowboy Classic. The Badgers could have a new quarterback, specifically one redshirt freshman D.J. Gillins, a four star recruit from Gainesville, Florida. Gillins sat out the 2014 season on a redshirt and was highly touted. Will he be ready enough to be the starter? We will find out in fall camp. Regardless of who plays quarterback, I expect the Badgers to begin 2015 with a loss.
Week two: Vs. Miami (OH) - This will be a chance for the Badgers to pad their stats early following the opener against Alabama. Badgers win this one, or should, easily.
Week three: Vs. Troy- Another chance the pad their stats. Same result as above.
Week four: Vs. Hawaii- For the third week in a row, same situation, and same result.
Week five: Vs Iowa- the Badgers 2015 Big Ten Conference Schedule begins this week with the Iowa Hawkeyes coming to Madison. On paper, this should be a win for the Badgers, but with Iowa, you never know. This will be a lot closer than most people think.
Week six: @ Nebraska- The Badgers first real road game of the season doesn't come until week six. Nebraska has a new coach, a new system, and a new direction. This should be an easy win for the Badgers.
Week seven: Vs. Purdue- This will be the Badgers easiest Big Ten game of the season. Easy win for Bucky. Move along.
Week eight: @ Illinois- Illinois took some good steps forward last season. I still expect the Badgers to win this game, but not my much.
Week nine: Vs. Rutgers- I really like the direction this Rutgers program is going in. I expect the Badgers to lose this one at home.
Week ten: @ Maryland- Another program on the rise and heading in the right direction. This will be too close to call this early.
Week 11: Off week.
Week 12: Vs. Northwestern- 2014 can be written off as a bad year for the Wildcats. I like this team, this program, and this coach. I expect a Northwestern win.
Week 13: @ Minnesota- The Badgers will end their 2015 season in Minnesota. A year ago the Gophers were so close, but came up just short. I expect Minnesota to finally get it done against Wisconsin and win this game.