Wisconsin vs Utah State

Wisconsin vs Utah State, Live Stream Game Info, Prediction, Online Preview. Watch Utah State vs Wisconsin College Football week 1 game online. Welcome to the first look and picks for the opening week games of the 2017 college football season. These quick thoughts are being done in early June, with the real Fearless Prediction and expanded breakdown coming in August.

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Wisconsin vs Utah State
Wisconsin vs Utah State

Teams: Wisconsin Badgers (0-0) vs. Utah State Aggies (0-0).

When: 8 p.m. Friday.

Where: Camp Randall Stadium.

TV: ESPN with Adam Amin (play-by-play), Dusty Dvoracek (analysis) and Molly McGrath (sideline).

Radio: AM-920 and a state network with Matt Lepay (play-by-play) and Mike Lucas (analysis).

Tickets: Available.

Line: UW by 27½.

Series: Even, 1-1.

Coaches: Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst (21-6, third season; 40-25, sixth season overall) vs. Utah State’s Matt Wells (28-25, fifth season overall).

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WISCONSIN: Schedule | Roster

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Deiter’s debut: Redshirt junior offensive linemen Michael Deiter has started 27 games at UW – 16 at center and 11 at left guard. Friday should mark Deiter’s first game at left tackle. Utah State isn’t expected to field a dominant defensive line, but Deiter likely will face smaller and quicker outside linebackers. Can he handle speed rushers and protect quarterback Alex Hornibrook?

New faces on the outside: T.J. Watt and Vince Biegel, who formed UW’s No. 1 outside linebacker tandem last season, are in the National Football League. That duo combined for 15½ sacks and 21½ tackles for loss last season and put consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks and runners. The job of filling the void falls to starters Garret Dooley, who has two starts; Leon Jacobs, who was moved to outside linebacker in the spring; and junior-college transfer Andrew Van Ginkel. Walk-on Tyler Johnson and Christian Bell, who sat out last season after transferring from Alabama, are battling to join the rotation.

Tailback by committee: Chris James and Bradrick Shaw shared the workload in the spring while Taiwan Deal recovered from ankle surgery. When camp opened, it appeared that James, Shaw, Deal and graduate transfer Rachid Ibrahim would give UW four solid options. Then Deal injured his surgically repaired ankle and freshman Jonathan Taylor came on like a runaway train. Taylor is talented enough and mature enough to handle being the starter. Yet more important than who starts the opener will be how running backs coach John Settle divvies up the carries.

One-man show: Redshirt sophomore Alex Hornibrook, who started all nine Big Ten regular-season games last season but also had to accept splitting time with then-senior Bart Houston, enters 2017 as the clear No. 1 quarterback. The intrigue, however, revolves around freshman Jack Coan, who was named the No. 2 quarterback. The staff no doubt wants to get Coan work so that he is ready if Hornibrook is lost for any amount of time because of injury. Coan is accurate, has a strong arm and is more mobile than Hornibrook. It will be interesting to see how much work the freshman gets in nonconference play, beginning Friday night.

Wisconsin vs Utah State Game Info.

Date: Friday, September 1st
Game Time: 9:00 pm ET
Venue: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Network: ESPN

The Utah State Aggies look for a bounce back season after finishing 3-9 and losing their last five games. The Aggies have one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the country in Kent Myers, who had 10 touchdown passes last season and over 400 rushing yards. Myers will have help from running back Tonny Lindsey, who averaged over five yards per carry, while Ron’Quavion Tarver and Rayshad Lewis is a wide receiver duo that combined for five touchdowns last season. With all the returning talent, this should be the year we see Myers take that next step. Defensively, Dallin Leavitt returns to Utah State after 57 tackles, Jalen Davis had two sacks and Jontrell Rocquemore had two interceptions. Utah State was 73rd in the country last year, allowing 29.3 points per game. The Utah State Aggies have lost nine straight road games.

The Wisconsin Badgers have won double-digit games the last three seasons and seem to be building something special under coach Paul Chryst. While he had his struggles last season, another year should help quarterback Alex Hornibrook be more effective his sophomore season. Of course, leading wide receiver Jazz Peavy and one of the top tight ends in college football Troy Fumagalli, will also help the Badgers balance offensively. Bradrick Shaw is expected to takeover at running back after averaging five yards per carry and scoring five times on limited touches. Defensively, T.J. Edwards returns after leading the Badgers with 89 tackles, Garret Dooley had 3.5 sacks and D’Cota Dixon has four interceptions. Wisconsin was fourth in the country last year, allowing 15.6 points per game. The Wisconsin Badgers have won 10 of their last 13 home games.

The Aggies are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 Friday games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 3-14 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Badgers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Badgers last 5 games overall and the over is 5-2 in Aggies last 7 games overall.

Utah State is going to be better than it was last year and has an offense that can move the football. However, there’s levels to this game, and Wisconsin is a deep team that plays hard and smart. Yes, the Badgers lost a few key players here and there, but this is a team that will continue to beatup on lesser comp, and that’s the boat the Aggies fall in. Not to mention Utah State has been downright awful against the number the last two seasons. While four touchdowns is a lot to lay in a season opener, this is a game the Wisconsin Badgers should run away with in the second half thanks to its defense getting stops. Utah State vs Wisconsin College Football week 1 game online.

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