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2017 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The 2017 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Badgers, led by third-year head coach Paul Chryst, were members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference and played their home games at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. They finished the season 13–1, 9–0 in Big Ten play to finish the regular season undefeated and win the Big Ten West Division championship. They represented the West Division in the Big Ten Championship Game where they lost to East Division champion Ohio State. They were invited to the Orange Bowl were they defeated Miami (FL). Their 13 wins are the most in school history.

2017 Wisconsin Badgers football
Wisconsin Badgers logo.svg
Big Ten West Division champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 34–24 vs. Miami (FL)
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
APNo. 7
2017 record13–1 (9–0 Big Ten)
Head coachPaul Chryst (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorJoe Rudolph (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorJim Leonhard (1st as DC; 2nd overall season)
Home stadiumCamp Randall Stadium
(Capacity: 80,321)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 5 Ohio State xy$   8 1         12 2  
No. 15 Michigan State   7 2         10 3  
No. 8 Penn State   7 2         11 2  
Michigan   5 4         8 5  
Rutgers   3 6         4 8  
Indiana   2 7         5 7  
Maryland   2 7         4 8  
West Division
No. 7 Wisconsin xy   9 0         13 1  
No. 17 Northwestern   7 2         10 3  
Iowa   4 5         8 5  
Purdue   4 5         7 6  
Nebraska   3 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 7         5 7  
Illinois   0 9         2 10  
Championship: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

RecruitingEdit

RecruitsEdit

The Badgers signed a total of 18 recruits.

Watchlists and preseason awardsEdit

ScheduleEdit

Wisconsin's 2017 schedule consists of 7 home, and 5 away games in the regular season. The Badgers will host Big Ten foes Northwestern, Purdue, Maryland, Iowa, and Michigan and will travel to Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota.[2]

The teams three non–conference games are against the Utah State Aggies from the Mountain West Conference (MWC), Florida Atlantic Owls from Conference USA, and the BYU Cougars who compete independently in football.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 8:00 p.m. Utah State* No. 9 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN W 59–10   75,324
September 9 11:00 a.m. Florida Atlantic* No. 9 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI BTN W 31–14   77,542
September 16 2:30 p.m. at BYU* No. 10 LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT ABC W 40–6   61,143
September 30 11:00 a.m. Northwestern No. 10 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ABC W 33–24   80,584
October 7 7:00 p.m. at Nebraska No. 9 Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Rivalry) BTN W 38–17   89,860
October 14 2:30 p.m. Purdue No. 7 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI BTN W 17–9   78,580
October 21 11:00 a.m. Maryland  No. 5 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI FOX W 38–13   78,058
October 28 11:00 a.m. at Illinois No. 5 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPN W 24–10   42,101
November 4 11:00 a.m. at Indiana No. 4 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ABC W 45–17   43,027
November 11 2:30 p.m. No. 25 Iowa No. 6 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI (Rivalry) ABC W 38–14   80,462
November 18 11:00 a.m. No. 19 Michigan No. 5 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI FOX W 24–10   81,216
November 25 2:30 p.m. at Minnesota No. 5 TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN (Rivalry) ABC W 31–0   47,327
December 2 7:00 p.m. vs. No. 8 Ohio State No. 3 Lucas Oil StadiumIndianapolis, IN (Big Ten Championship) FOX L 21–27   65,886
December 30 7:00 p.m. vs. No. 11 Miami (FL)* No. 6 Hard Rock StadiumMiami Gardens, FL (Orange Bowl) ESPN W 34–24   65,032
*Non-conference game.  Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[3]

Game summariesEdit

Utah StateEdit

Utah State at No. 9 Wisconsin
1 234Total
Aggies 10 000 10
No. 9 Badgers 0 102821 59
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2012 W, 16–14

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 9 carries, 87 yards (long 41), 9.7 yards/carry, 1 touchdown
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 15 completions, 23 passing attempts, 244 yards, 16.3 avg, 3 touchdowns
  • Receiving: Troy Fumagalli – 5 receptions, 105 yards (long 44), 21.0 avg, 1 touchdown
  • Defense: T. J. Edwards – 7 Tackles (5 solo), 1 tackle-for-loss for 1 yd, 2 pass breakups, 1 interception for 7 yds

Florida AtlanticEdit

Florida Atlantic at No. 9 Wisconsin
1 234Total
Owls 7 700 14
No. 9 Badgers 14 1070 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 26 carries, 223 yards (long 64), 8.6 yards/carry, 3 touchdowns
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 16 completions, 28 passing attempts, 201 yards, 12.6 avg, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • Receiving: Troy Fumagalli – 8 receptions, 92 yards (long 20), 11.5 avg, 1 touchdown
  • Defense: Chris Orr – 8 Tackles (6 solo), 1 tackle-for-loss for 3 yds, 1 sack for loss of 3 yds

at BYUEdit

No. 10 Wisconsin at BYU
1 234Total
No. 10 Badgers 10 1479 40
Cougars 3 300 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2013 W, 27–17

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 18 carries, 128 yards (long 18), 7.1 yards/carry, 1 touchdown
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 18 completions, 19 passing attempts, 256 yards, 14.2 avg, 4 touchdowns
  • Receiving: Quintez Cephus – 5 receptions, 54 yards (long 16), 10.8 avg, 2 touchdowns
  • Defense: Dontye Carriere-Williams – 8 Tackles (6 solo), 1 interception for 0 yds

NorthwesternEdit

Northwestern at No. 10 Wisconsin
1 234Total
Wildcats 3 7014 24
No. 10 Badgers 7 01412 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
58–35–5 2016 W, 21–7

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 19 carries, 80 yards (long 11), 4.2 yards/carry, 2 touchdowns
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 11 completions, 20 passing attempts, 197 yards, 17.9 avg, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • Receiving: Quintez Cephus – 4 receptions, 99 yards (long 61), 24.6 avg
  • Defense: Garret Dooley – 9 Tackles (3 solo), 5 tackles-for-loss for 20 yds, 3.5 sacks for loss of 17 yds

at NebraskaEdit

No. 9 Wisconsin at Nebraska
1 234Total
No. 9 Badgers 10 7714 38
Cornhuskers 0 1070 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–4 2016 W, 23–17

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 25 carries, 249 yards (long 75), 10.0 yards/carry, 2 touchdowns
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 9 completions, 17 passing attempts, 113 yards, 12.6 avg, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • Receiving: Quintez Cephus – 4 receptions, 68 yards (long 31), 17.0 avg, 1 touchdown
  • Defense: D'Cota Dixon – 9 Tackles (6 solo), 1 pass breakup

PurdueEdit

Purdue at No. 7 Wisconsin
1 234Total
Boilermakers 3 330 9
No. 7 Badgers 14 300 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
47–29–8 2016 W, 49–20

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 30 carries, 219 yards (long 67), 7.3 yards/carry, 1 touchdown
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 13 completions, 18 passing attempts, 199 yards, 15.3 avg, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • Receiving: Quintez Cephus – 5 receptions, 100 yards (long 41), 20.0 avg, 1 touchdown
  • Defense: Leon Jacobs – 9 Tackles (4 solo), 0.5 tackle-for-loss for 1 yd, 1 interception for 2 yds, 1 QB hurry

MarylandEdit

Maryland at No. 5 Wisconsin
1 234Total
Terrapins 0 3100 13
No. 5 Badgers 7 14710 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2015 W, 31–24

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 22 carries, 126 yards (long 15), 5.7 yards/carry, 1 touchdown
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 16 completions, 24 passing attempts, 225 yards, 14.1 avg, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
  • Receiving: Troy Fumagalli – 7 receptions, 83 yards (long 20), 11.9 avg
  • Defense: T. J. Edwards – 5 Tackles (3 solo), 1 interception return 54 yds for a touchdown, 1 pass breakup

at IllinoisEdit

No. 5 Wisconsin at Illinois
1 234Total
No. 5 Badgers 7 1007 24
Fighting Illini 0 307 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–37–7 2016 W, 48–3

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 12 carries, 73 yards (long 29), 6.1 yards/carry
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 10 completions, 19 passing attempts, 135 yards, 13.5 avg, 1 interception
  • Receiving: Kendric Pryor – 2 receptions, 37 yards (long 19), 18.5 avg
  • Defense: Garret Dooley – 5 Tackles (3 solo), 1 tackle-for-loss for 6 yds, 1 sack for 6 yd loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass breakup

at IndianaEdit

No. 4 Wisconsin at Indiana
1 234Total
No. 4 Badgers 0 141021 45
Hoosiers 7 370 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–18–2 2013 W, 51–3

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 29 carries, 183 yards (long 45), 6.3 yards/carry, 1 touchdown
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 13 completions, 20 passing attempts, 158 yards, 12.2 avg, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
  • Receiving: Kendric Pryor – 3 receptions, 63 yards (long 32), 21.0 avg
  • Defense: Nick Nelson – 5 Tackles (5 solo), 1 tackle-for-loss for 3 yds, 4 pass breakups

IowaEdit

No. 25 Iowa at No. 6 Wisconsin
1 234Total
No. 25 Hawkeyes 7 070 14
No. 6 Badgers 3 14714 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
45–43–2 2016 W, 17–9

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 29 carries, 157 yards (long 19), 5.4 yards/carry
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 11 completions, 18 passing attempts, 135 yards, 12.3 avg, 2 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
  • Receiving: Danny Davis – 4 receptions, 74 yards (long 28), 18.5 avg
  • Defense: Ryan Connelly – 9 Tackles (6 solo), 2 tackles-for-loss for 14 yds, 1 sack for loss 12 yds, 1 forced fumble, 1 QB hurry

MichiganEdit

No. 19 Michigan at No. 5 Wisconsin
1 234Total
No. 19 Wolverines 0 730 10
No. 5 Badgers 7 0143 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–50–1 2016 L, 7–14

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 19 carries, 132 yards (long 52), 6.9 yards/carry
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 9 completions, 19 passing attempts, 143 yards, 15.9 avg, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • Receiving: A.J. Taylor – 3 receptions, 79 yards (long 51), 26.3 avg, 1 touchdown
  • Defense: T.J. Edwards – 11 Tackles (7 solo), 2.5 tackles-for-loss for 12 yds, 1 sack for loss 10 yds, 1 pass breakup, 1 QB hurry

at MinnesotaEdit

No. 5 Wisconsin at Minnesota
1 234Total
No. 5 Badgers 7 1077 31
Golden Gophers 0 000 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
59–59–8 2016 W, 31–17

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 20 carries, 149 yards (long 53), 7.5 yards/carry, 1 touchdown
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 15 completions, 19 passing attempts, 151 yards, 10.1 avg, 3 touchdowns
  • Receiving: Danny Davis – 5 receptions, 41 yards (long 10), 8.2 avg, 1 touchdown
  • Defense: Ryan Connelly – 6 Tackles (5 solo), 3.0 tackles-for-loss for 26 yds, 2 sacks for loss 24 yds

vs. Ohio StateEdit

No. 8 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Wisconsin
1 234Total
No. 8 Buckeyes 14 733 27
No. 3 Badgers 7 338 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–58–5 2016 L, 23–30 OT

The No. 3 Wisconsin Badgers (12-1, 9-0) were defeated by the No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2, 8-1) 27-21 at Lucas Oil Stadium in the Big Ten Championship. Paul Chryst is now 0-2 versus the Buckeyes, and Urban Meyer is now 5-0 versus the Badgers, though two of the victories came in overtime. This was Wisconsin's fifth appearance in the Championship game, and their second straight and Ohio State's third.

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 15 carries, 41 yards (long 7), 2.7 yards/carry
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 19 completions, 40 passing attempts, 229 yards, 12.1 avg, 2 interceptions
  • Receiving: Troy Fumagalli – 5 receptions, 45 yards (long 11), 9.0 avg
  • Defense: Andrew Van Ginkel – 3 Tackles (1 solo), 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception returned 9 yds for touchdown

vs. Miami (FL)Edit

No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 11 Miami
1 234Total
No. 6 Badgers 3 2137 34
No. 11 Hurricanes 14 073 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 2009 W, 20–14

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 9 9 10 9 10 9 7 5 5 4 6 5 5 3 (10) 6 7 
Coaches 10 11 12 10 10 8 6 5 5 4 3 4 4 3 (21) 6 6 
CFP Not released 9 8 5 5 4 6 Not released

RosterEdit

2017 Wisconsin Badgers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Kendric Pryor   Fr
WR 4 A. J. Taylor So
RB 5 Chris James   Jr
WR 6 Danny Davis III Fr
RB 7 Bradrick Shaw   So
RB 9 Rachid Ibrahim   Sr
QB 10 Jack Coan Fr
WR 11 Jazz Peavy     Sr
QB 12 Alex Hornibrook   So
QB 15 Danny Vanden Boom Fr
WR 16 Jack Dunn   Fr
WR 17 George Rushing Sr
QB 19 Karé Lyles   Fr
FB 20 Austin Ramesh   Sr
RB 21 Mark Saari   Jr
WR 22 Cade Green Fr
RB 23 Jonathan Taylor Fr
WR 24 Adam Krumholz   Fr
RB 28 Taiwan Deal     Jr
FB 30 Aaron Maternowski   Fr
TE 30 Coy Wanner Fr
RB 34 Sam Brodner     Fr
RB 36 Hunter Johnson Fr
RB 37 Garrett Groshek   Fr
WR 38 Sam DeLany Fr
FB 39 Jake Whalen     So
WR 43 Peter Roy   Jr
FB 45 Alec Ingold Jr
TE 46 Gabe Lloyd   Fr
TE 49 Kyle Penniston   So
OL 52 Jacob Maxwell   Jr
OL 60 Logan Bruss Fr
OL 61 Tyler Biadasz   Fr
OL 62 Patrick Kasl   Fr
OL 63 Michael Deiter   Jr
OL 64 Brett Connors   Jr
OL 65 Tyler Beach Fr
OL 66 Beau Benzschawel   Jr
OL 67 Jon Dietzen   So
OL 68 David Moorman   So
OL 70 Josh Seltzner Fr
OL 71 Cole Van Lanen   Fr
OL 73 Alex Fenton Fr
OL 75 Micah Kapoi   Jr
OL 76 Kayden Lyles Fr
OL 77 Blake Smithback Fr
OL 78 Jason Erdmann   So
OL 79 David Edwards   So
TE 81 Troy Fumagalli   Sr
WR 82 Emmet Perry Fr
TE 84 Jake Ferguson Fr
TE 85 Zander Neuville   Jr
TE 86 Luke Benzschawel     Fr
WR 87 Quintez Cephus   So
WR 89 Deron Harrell Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
S 2 Patrick Johnson   So
OLB 5 Garret Dooley   Sr
S 8 Joe Ferguson   Sr
S 10 Seth Currens   Fr
CB 11 Nick Nelson   Jr
CB 12 Natrell Jamerson Sr
S 13 Evan Bondoc   Jr
S 14 D'Cota Dixon Sr
OLB 17 Andrew Van Ginkel Jr
ILB 18 Arrington Farrar Jr
CB 19 Titus Booker   So
CB 20 Faion Hicks Fr
CB 21 Caesar Williams   Fr
ILB 23 Mason Stokke     Fr
CB 24 Madison Cone Fr
S 25 Scott Nelson Fr
CB 25 Derrick Tindal Sr
S 26 Eric Burrell   Fr
DB 27 Cristian Volpentesta   Fr
S 28 Blake Mielke   So
CB 29 Dontye Carriere-Williams   Fr
S 31 Lubern Figaro Sr
S 31 Tyler Mais Fr
ILB 32 Jake Collinsworth Fr
OLB 32 Leon Jacobs   Sr
DE 34 Chikwe Obasih   Sr
ILB 37 Ethan Cesarz Fr
OLB 41 Noah Burks Fr
ILB 43 Ryan Connelly   Jr
OLB 45 Hegeman Tiedt Fr
ILB 45 Nick Thomas   So
ILB 47 Griffin Grady So
ILB 48 Jack Cichy     Sr
OLB 50 Izayah Green-May Fr
DE 52 David Pfaff   So
ILB 53 T. J. Edwards   Jr
ILB 54 Chris Orr   So
OLB 55 Christian Bell   Fr
OLB 56 Zack Baun     So
DE 57 Michael Balistreri Fr
DE 57 Alec James   Sr
ILB 58 Mike Maskalunas   Fr
OLB 59 Tyler Johnson   So
DE 69 Aaron Vopal Fr
NT 74 Gunnar Roberge   So
DE 93 Garrett Rand So
DE 94 Matt Henningsen Fr
DE 94 Conor Sheehy Sr
OLB 95 Keldric Preston   Fr
DE 96 Billy Hirschfeld   Jr
DE 97 Isaiahh Loudermilk   Fr
DE 98 Kraig Howe   So
NT 99 Olive Sagapolu Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 15 Anthony Lotti So
K 27 Rafael Gaglianone   Jr
P 38 P. J. Rosowski     Jr
K 39 Zach Hintze   So
LS 51 Adam Bay Fr
P 90 Connor Allen   So
LS 91 Josh Bernhagen Fr
K 98 Collin Larsh Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: August 19, 2017

InjuriesEdit

At the start of the season four players were announced as out for the season due to injury; Senior ILB Jack Cichy (right knee), Freshman ILB Mason Stokke (right leg), Sophomore OLB Zack Baun (left foot), Freshman RB Sam Brodner (right knee).

2018 NFL DraftEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.rimingtontrophy.com/watchlist/
  2. ^ http://www.uwbadgers.com/mobile/schedule.aspx?schedule=169
  3. ^ "2017 Wisconsin Badgers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "Purdue-Wisconsin Pre-game Notes" (PDF). PurdueSports.com. CBS Interactive. October 9, 2017. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "Purdue vs Wisconsin (Oct 14, 2017 at Madison, Wis.)" (PDF). www.grfx.cstv.com. Purdue University. October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d "Undrafted free agent signings 2018: Tracking all the post-draft moves".