August 27, 2007

Mucho Madtown Mojo

When the Badger and Cougar football teams meet this Saturday in Madison for only the second time in school history, it will be a study in contrasts as Wisconsin is known for its plodding offense while WSU is known for its wide-open offense.

That means, as usual, it will mean it will be up to the defense to stop the other team's offense from doing what it does best. The decided advantage in that category will go to the Badgers it whatever team is able to football team has been selected to be one of the top five in the country by most pre-season polls, when football season rolls around, you tend to not have a lot of time to do much of anything else but think about football.

Wisconsin returns seven starters off a defensive unit that was the national leader in passing efficiency defense - bad news for a Cougar team which relies heavily on the pass. The Badgers allowed only six passing touchdowns in all of 2006 and teams averaged only 138 yards per game passing on them while they picked off 15 pass attempts. The leaders in that impressive secondary are juniors Jack Ikegwuonu and Allen Langford. Ikegwuonu seems destined for first team All-American status as the Badgers' best defensive back but it was Langford who led the team in interceptions with three picks in '06.

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