On his show, FOX Sports 1's Colin Cowherd has been going through the schedules of major college football programs and giving his early projections for the upcoming season. He likes Michiganand USCthis fall, but when it comes to the Wisconsin Badgers, his breakdown is not nearly as encouraging.
Cowherd's four biggest factors that play into his prediction are:
1. The loss of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to LSU.
2. The graduation of Joel Stave.
3. Wisconsin's schedule: "the toughest schedule I think I've seen in the Big Ten in years."
4. The defense is strong in the back, a bit weaker up front.
Here is Cowherd's full breakdown:
That is a 6-6 season, with wins over Akron, Georgia State, Nebraska, Illinois, Purdue, and Minnesota, and losses to Alabama, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, and Northwestern. He's not wrong about the schedule; the Badgers play the four best teams from the 2015 Big Ten season in a row from September 24 to October 22. Yikes.