Ranking the Wisconsin Badgers’ 2019 opponents

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Dave Heller

FOX Sports Wisconsin

Aug 28, 2019 at 11:31a ET

Last year’s schedule for Wisconsin wasn’t thought of as being that difficult — and the Badgers ended up going 7-5 in the regular-season after some high preseason expectations. This season, the schedule is much tougher (on paper). Read on for our ranking of the Badgers’ 2019 opponents. Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. AP

12. Sept. 7 vs. Central Michigan

The Chippewas went 1-11 last season, with the only victory over FCS Maine. No surprise then that CMU has a new head coach in 2019. But who that is might be a shock: former Florida head coach Jim McElwain. It’s going to take McElwain time to turn this ship around and he’s not helped by the fact that the Chippewas lost a lot of key players on defense, including a pair of cornerbacks who were selected in the NFL draft. Central Michigan will also have a new quarterback, graduate transfer Quinten Dormady, now with his third program after stops at Tennessee and Houston. This will be CMU’s second game of the season and it’s hard to see this team in sync yet, never mind ready for a good Big Ten team on the road. This is an obvious call for easiest Wisconsin opponent.

11. Oct. 5 vs. Kent State

Yes, its double MACtion for the Badgers in 2019. Please try to contain your excitement. Well, at least Kent State’s head coach is former Wisconsin tight end Sean Lewis, who actually had the Golden Flashes, which finished 2-10, competitive against Illinois, Mississippi and Penn State last season. Kent State is led by junior quarterback Woody Barrett, who threw for 2,339 yards last season and rushed for 503 more, with a combined 18 touchdowns (11 pass, 7 rush). The defense is not good, having allowed 36.7 points and 467.5 yards per game in 2018. With this matchup in October in between Big Ten games, perhaps there’s a chance of some letdown. But still, it’s one Wisconsin should win handily, likely bullying Kent State on both lines

10. Oct. 19 at Illinois

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