Wisconsin projected starters West Virginia projected starters
RB Anthony Davis DT Ben Lynch
FB Matt Bernstein DE Fred Blueford
LT Morgan Davis LB Scott Gyorko
LG Dan Buenning CB Brian King
C Donovan Raiola SS Leandre Washington
RG Jonathan Clinkscale FS Jahmile Addae
RT Mike Lorenz BS Mike Lorello
TE Tony Paciotti CB Lance Frazier
When Wisconsin has the ball…
One of the most intriguing things Saturday may be how much variance is presented in Wisconsin's offense and West Virginia's defense, or the lack thereof. The Badgers have the talent to effectively work out of any formation. How much the team changes it up will be interesting to behold. Wisconsin will likely stick to its characteristic offense for the most part, working out a basic two-back, two-wide set, or a three-wide, one-back set, for the bulk of the snaps. It will be interesting to see how many of the other formations the team has worked on this fall will be unveiled Saturday.
West Virginia's "33 stack" is supposed to be more aggressive this season in an effort to improve the pass rush and generally make more things happen up front. The "33 stack", which often plays like a 3-5 defense, with two strong safeties setting up close to the line, is not only relatively new to West Virginia's opponents, it was new to the team. Now, it is expected that Rich Rodriguez will turn it loose more.
The Badgers offense has the potential to air it out, but the most likely engine is running back Anthony Davis. For this reason, West Virginia will likely keep eight in the box until Wisconsin proves it can throw the ball. The Badgers will have plenty of receivers on display and quarterback Jim Sorgi can certainly put the ball downfield.
For the Mountaineers, their success starts upfront, where the three man line and the linebackers must do a better job of getting into the backfield and making big plays. West Virginia's three defensive linemen have the grunt of the work to accomplish taking on blockers and freeing up space for the team's talented linebackers. If players like Grant Wiley are able to flow to the ball then West Virginia stands a good chance of containing Wisconsin's offense.