Five Keys to Victory: South Florida

Looking to continue building momentum with Big Ten conference play a week away, No.19 Wisconsin hosts South Florida Saturday morning at Camp Randall Stadium. BadgerNation gives our five keys to victory.

First a quick review of BadgerNation’s Five Keys for the Bowling Green game.

UW’s defense did a great job cooling down Bowling Green’s tempo, the running game (including Tanner McEvoy) had a record day and the secondary was tested and the results were mixed-to-positive. A second wide receiver still has yet to step up, and Rafael Gaglianone was not called upon in a crunch situation. The score predicted (38-17) captured the defensive effort very well, but perhaps underestimated Melvin Gordon’s exceptional possibilities versus a defense not interested in the least in tackling. A solid effort by BadgerNation. On to the South Florida Bulls.

1, Turnovers

It is difficult to envision the Badgers losing this game. The cliché about turnovers, no matter how unimaginative, needs to be made the No.1 key. Why? Because the best showing so far made by South Florida came against Maryland, losing to the Terps 24-17. The stat sheet shows nothing out of the ordinary – except for the fact that Maryland turned the ball over six times. If UW holds on to the ball, Bucky wins.

2, Sam Arneson and Alex Erickson

UW’s duo have another big opportunity ahead of them. UW fans may remember Jacoby Brissett. He was a potential UW recruit who is now the North Carolina State quarterback. In his game against South Florida earlier in the year, Brissett went 20 for 29 for 266 yards and two touchdowns.

3, Another Record Run

South Florida also gave up 315 rushing yards to NC State. Gordon may have another record first half.

4, Different Looks

Against a very basic UConn defense, in rainy weather, South Florida QB Mike White went 10 for 18 average 6.3 yards per attempt. UW defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is not afraid to mix it up, even against lesser opponents. Numbers and style indicate a substantial mismatch between the UW defensive front and South Florida’s pass protection.

5, Rodney Adams vs Sojourn Shelton

Against a poor Bowling Green squad Shelton had an off game. Adams is South Florida’s leading receiver with 18 yards per catch. Adams is one of the few players on the Bulls who can keep the game close.

Fearless Prediction

All five keys break for Wisconsin and another 60 point game is possible. The difference this time is that the defense might pitch a shutout. Final score: 63-7 Wisconsin.

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