2015 Wisconsin Football Previews Covering The Badgers And Packers

In the Badger State, the distinctions are pretty clear when it comes to support in college and professional football. The Wisconsin Badgers rule the college portion, while the Green Bay Packers are the only team Wisconsin residents support. When it comes to Wisconsin sports betting, I personally love to bet the team total overs with the Packers. They are an up and down team offensively and I've made some really good money off them the past couple years when Rogers wasn't injured.

Wisconsin Badgers 2015 Football

A crushing end to a solid 2014 college football season was one surprise for the Wisconsin Badgers, with the other coming when Paul Chryst returned to Madison to take over as head coach. He'll have plenty of talent at his disposal, which will likely be enough to get him back into the Big Ten title game.  At quarterback, Wisconsin has experience in fifth-year senior Joel Stave, but his shaky performances don't offer a lot of confidence. Thankfully, he has a potent running game, even with the departure of Melvin Gordon. Filling the latter's shows will be junior Corey Clement.

When Stave does go to the air, he'll have 2014's leading receiver in Alex Erickson, who grabbed 55 passes. However, there's not much else there, with the only other veteran being Robert Wheelwright, who made the most of his only catch last year by scoring on a 17-yard pass. At tight end, Troy Fumagalli should have a more integral role, considering Chryst likes to feature this position in his offenses.

The Badgers only have two starters, center Dan Voltz and left tackle Tyler Marz, back on the offensive line. However, after having heavily recruited for this area the past few years, there should be enough talent to fill in the gaps left behind. On the defensive line, the trio of Arthur Goldberg, Chikwe Obasih and Alec James is a young one, which might mean some growing pains early on.

However, the linebacking corps will have Vince Beigel to handle things after he was a fixture in opposing backfields in 2014 with 16.5 tackles-for-loss and 7.5 sacks. Joe Schobert on the other side will make this a tough tandem to handle for 2015. The Wisconsin secondary lacks a ball-hawking presence that can scare enemy passers, with Darius Hillary and Sojourn Shelton handling things at cornerback. At safety, Michael Caputo returns after leading the team in tackles with 106 in 2014. Getting through the Big Ten regular season is only the first step toward getting toward the possibility of playoffs. If they can turn the tables on Ohio State this year, it has a distinct chance of happening.

Green Bay Packers Footall Preview For 2015

Just as crushing as being blown out is losing the chance to go to the Super Bowl due to a late-game collapse. That's exactly what happened to the Packers in the NFC Championship game at Seattle, and head coach Mike McCarthy is adamant that a similar occurrence won't take place during the 2015 NFL season. Having Aaron Rodgers at quarterback is one way to at least try and make sure that it doesn't happen. Rodgers is a perennial All-Pro whose presence in the lineup is an absolute necessity for the Green Bay Packers to win. That's because there's little experienced depth behind him.

The running back tandem of Eddie Lacy and James Starks is effective both carrying the ball and catching it. Their work is supplemented by fullback John Kuhn. Rodgers has two invaluable options at wide receiver in Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Nelson picks up a large amount of his yardage after the catch, while Cobb is the team's main deep threat. Another option is second-year man Davante Adams, who hauled in 38 catches during his rookie campaign.

Continuity on the line should be a major asset, with all five starters back. Guard Josh Sitton offers the most consistent performance, which can serve as a benchmark of how well the offense is performing. On defense, the line has an imposing group in Mike Daniels, B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion, while Datone Jones is a pass rushing specialist.

Linebacker Clay Matthews thrived in 2014 when he was moved inside, while Julius Peppers also showed an ability to adapt when he was switched to this area. As far as the other spot is concerned, it boils down to who wins a dogfight between Carl Bradford, Sam Barrington or rookie Jake Ryan.

Green Bay focused the early part of its 2015 draft on bolstering the secondary, with top pick Damarious Randall a good bet to take over one corner slot. While veteran Casey Heyward will handle the other side, rookie Quinton Rollins may end up supplanting him by the end of the year. Safety Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix made a huge impact in his first year and will be the leader of this segment of the defensive backfield.  Keeping Rodgers upright is likely the only factor the Packers need to worry about in 2015, since everything else is in place to possibly make another trip to the Super Bowl. Check out our Packers team page for more info.