1. Keep attacking to the left: The flamboyant attack was met with considerable success, especially when running to the left during the Badgers’ four-match winning streak. UW averaged 22.5 attempts, 129.3 yards rushing and 1.5 touchdowns per game running to the left in those four games, per Pro Football Focus.
Running to the left allows tackles to the left. Tyler Beach does what he does best, leading into the run blocking; The same goes for left guards Josh Seltzner and Michael Furtney. It also allows right guard Jack Nelson – one of the team’s most athletic linemen – to become as a force to be reckoned with as that side puller.
2. Include Prior: Senior wide receiver Kendrick Prior was targeted once last week against Iowa, a pass that was broken. Prior was open on a shallow lap on the first third down of the game, which the Badgers converted with a pass to Danny Davis, but Pryor could have been touchdown down the UW sideline if the ball had found him.
Prior has only been shot four times since the Illinois game, but he is second on the team with 225 yards.
3. Make Weatheral a Passer: UW’s nation-leading run defense (49.6 yards per game) will be tested a little differently this week by Rutgers quarterback Noah Vedral. To change the math in the box and give themselves an advantage, Rutgers will use Vedral on designed runs – QB draw, power and the like.