The Wisconsin Badgers are closing out another era

Wisconsin Badgers Head coach Paul Chryst

In 2017, the Wisconsin Badgers had their first undefeated season under head coach Paul Chryst. That was his third year with the program. He was with the Badgers from 2005 to 2011 as the offensive coordinator. Putting together great offenses is his passion.

In the 2018 season, the nation expected great things from Paul Chryst’s program. The program brought back their veteran offensive line. They also had sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor. The defense had a number of seniors which gave fans hope that they might have the best defense in the nation.

Jonathan Taylor carrying the ball in Wisconsin Badgers red jersey.
Jonathan Taylor going for the record.

The season ended up nothing like they planned. There were countless injuries to a lot of key players and the passing game was not as effective as the season before. Even though Jonathan Taylor still led the conference in rushing, the team took a dive in the standings. They started the season ranked ninth and ended the season unranked. The Badgers finished 8-5 which was their worst record since 2003.

What is in store for the Badger program?

The Wisconsin Badgers program lost a ton of stars to the NFL draft. They had one of the best offensive lines in a two year stretch. They lost Michael Deiter, David Edwards, and Beau Benzschawel. That o-line was the driving force to this offensive machine. The defense was fueled by their linebacker core. They lost Ryan Connelly, Andrew Van Ginkel, and T.J. Edwards to the draft. There were four other less notable players that also left for the draft.

The only bright side to this program is the Heisman hopeful running back Jonathan Taylor. There are a lot of new faces and not much star talent otherwise.

Head coach Paul Chryst is hoping that his recruiting class of 2019 will help alleviate some of the holes caused by the NFL draft. Chryst came from the Barry Alvarez coaching tree. As of now his overall record is 42-12 including bowl games. Hopefully that helps bring in more talent in the coming years.

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